San Diego Men Deny Supporting Terrorists

By R. Stickney
|  Wednesday, Nov 3, 2010  |  Updated 12:23 PM PDT
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San Diego Men Deny Supporting Terrorists

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The seal of the F.B.I. hangs in the Flag Room at the bureau's headquaters March 9, 2007 in Washington, DC. F.B.I. Director Robert Mueller was responding to a report by the Justice Department inspector general that concluded the FBI had committed 22 violations in its collection of information through the use of national security letters. The letters, which the audit numbered at 47,000 in 2005, allow the agency to collect information like telephone, banking and e-mail records without a judicially approved subpoena.

Two of three San Diego men accused of supporting a Somalia-based terrorist group have pleaded not guilty.

FBI agents arrested Basaaly Saeed Moalin, 33, of San Diego Sunday just before he was about to board a flight at Lindbergh Field.

Monday, agents arrested Mohamed Mohamed Mohamud, 38, and Issa Doreh, 54, both of San Diego.

According to the indictment, handed up on October 22, 2010 and unsealed Tuesday, Moalin, Mohamud and Doreh conspired to provide money to al-Shabaab, a violent and brutal militia group in Somalia.

The indictment alleges that Moalin called a prominent military leader with al-Shabaab in late 2007 and 2008. During that time, the leader, Aden Hashi Ayrow, requested Moalin raise money for the group. The indictment alleges that Moalin coordinated fundraising efforts and money transfers with Mohamud and Doreh including a transfer of $2,000 on Feb. 14, 2008, $3,000 on April 23, 2008 and approximately $4,000 in several transfers in July 2008.

Moalin, who was arraigned Tuesday and ordered held without bail pending a detention hearing Nov. 5, also allegedly provided a house in Somalia "knowing the house would be used in preparation for, and to carry out, a conspiracy to kill persons in a foreign country," according to the indictment.

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