Minn. terror suspect sent home to await sentencingby Brandt Williams, Minnesota Public Radio
Minneapolis — A federal judge in Minneapolis Wednesday approved the release of a Somali man who's been in custody for more than two years on terror charges while he awaits sentencing.
Kamal Said Hassan will be released at the end of the month and confined to his parents' home. U.S. District Court Chief Judge Michael Davis told Hassan he will have to wear a GPS device that will sound an alarm if he leaves the house. All computers in the home will be monitored by the government, and Hassan is forbidden to use mobile phones. Any visitors to the home will have to be approved by federal authorities.
Hassan was among the first wave of young Somali-Americans who returned to their homeland to fight with the terrorist group al-Shabab. In 2009, he pleaded guilty to lying to FBI investigators about his travels and his participation with the group. He also pleaded guilty to two other terror-related charges and is facing up to a 38-year sentence.
Members of Hassan's family were in the courtroom. His father told reporters the family is glad Hassan is coming home.
- All Things Considered, 09/07/2011, 5:20 p.m.