We finally got former Rochester, MN resident Mohamud Said Omar extradited from the Netherlands where he has been held since 2009 as the alleged financier of the Somali refugee “youths” who returned to Africa for jihad training. Here is our story on his arrest in 2009. Read all about him, just your average “penniless” refugee.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A Somali man accused of helping recruit fighters for the terror group al-Shabaab has been hospitalized after collapsing in a U.S. court.
Mohamud Said Omar was in court Friday for a detention hearing when he collapsed. The 45-year-old regained consciousness, but the judge suspended proceedings so Omar could get medical care.
Omar’s attorney, Matt Forsgren, said his client has had similar episodes in the past, though he declined to elaborate.
Omar is charged as part of the U.S. government’s investigation into the recruitment of at least 21 men who authorities believe left Minnesota to join al-Shabab in Somalia. He’s been indicted on five counts, including providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization.
He’s been in custody in the Netherlands since 2009 and was recently extradited to Minnesota.
Adding insult to injury, now we will be paying for his medical treatment!
For new readers: We’ve been reporting on the Somali-youths-going-to-Jihad-training story since it first broke in 2008 here.
And for your information, the US has admitted well over 100,000 Somali refugees to the US since the early 1990′s (they were trickling in in the 1980′s). To check out the numbers visit this post, one of our most widely read posts over the last few years. In FY2010 which ended September 30th the US State Department resettled 4,884 Somalis (here) to towns near you. The “teen” would-be bomber in Oregon was one of the refugees.
Also, after being closed for nearly two years, the US State Department is on the verge (has been on the verge for months and months!) of resuming the fraud-ridden family reunification program that admitted as many as 36,000 Somalis fraudulently to the US between 2003 and 2008. See the latest on new regulations, here.
Now, also, Somalis are coming illegally across our borders and ironically asking for asylum because of the radical Islamic Jihadists (including Americans!) in Africa.