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2 Somalis With Terrorist Ties to Be Resentenced

September 04, 2003|From Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. — Prison terms for two Somalian men who worked for a business linked to the Al Qaeda terrorist network were too light, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.

The court ordered new sentencing for the men on counts of illegally structuring bank deposits totaling $7.5 million at the Alexandria, Va., branch of the Al-Barakat money transfer network.

Abdirahman Sheikh-Ali Isse was sentenced last year to 18 months in prison. Abdillah Abdi, who worked for him, was sentenced to 10 months.

Federal prosecutors had argued that the men should receive sentences of three to five years based on the size of the deposits.

The three-judge panel of the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals sent the case back to U.S. District Judge James C. Cacheris for the resentencing.

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