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Wed, 08 Oct, 2014 12:00:15 AM
FTimes -STT Report, Oct. 8
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The trial of four people suspected of funding Al-Shabaab, a terrorist group in East Africa, began in the Helsinki District Court on Tuesday.
The trial is Finland’s first terrorism-related case being handled by the court.
The four suspects allegedly sent money to the terrorist outfit to aid their activities. All the four suspects denied the charges.
The prosecutor asked the court to hand the suspects a conditional imprisonment.
The prosecutor said the four were involved in sending their own money or money collected from other sources to Kenya and Somalia to fund the operations of Al-Shabaab.
According to the document instituting the proceedings, the funding was collected mainly in small amounts and sent through informal money remittance services popularly known as Hawala. The money remitted is estimated to be several thousands of euros.
One of the suspects is accused of recruiting a relative who had been freed from a jail in Africa to join the terrorist group. The same person is suspected to have planned to abduct two teenage relatives from Finland and send them to a terrorism camp against their will. 
According to the prosecution, the plan was to tempt the children and their mother to go to Kenya for a holiday. Afterwards, the children would be transported near Kenya’s border with Somalia, drugged and finally taken to the other side of the border.
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