Exhibit “A” why streamlining money transfers to Somalia is an extraordinarily bad idea…
A 30-year-old woman who lives in The Netherlands faces extradition to the US on charges of helping finance the Al Shabaab Jihadist terror group.
The woman, who was born in Somalia, has Dutch citizenship.
Two other women from Kenya and Somalia were also arrested in the US last month and two more remain at large.
Three defendants who were arrested face charges of providing material support to al-Shabaab, a designated foreign terrorist organisation that is conducting a violent insurgency campaign in Somalia’, the statement said.
The statement said the women referred to the money they sent overseas as ‘living expenses,’ and they repeatedly used code words such as ‘orphans’ and ‘brothers in the mountains’ to refer to al-Shabaab fighters, and ‘camels’ to refer to trucks needed by al-Shabaab.
The money transfers often were broken down into small amounts as low as $50 or $100, and the funds were intended for use by al-Shabaab insurgents operating in Somalia.
If convicted, the women could spend up to 15 years in jail.