Somali charged with supporting al-Qaida, US says

By REUTERS
July 6, 2011 04:10

 
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NEW YORK/WASHINGTON - A Somali man was brought to a US criminal court on Tuesday to face charges of assisting al-Qaida and a militant Somali group, although his questioning abroad for over two-months without being advised of his rights might raise problems at trial.

The man, identified as Ahmed Abdulkadir Warsame, appeared in a New York court on Tuesday morning and pleaded not guilty to providing material support to al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula and the Somali group Al Shabaab, US prosecutors in Manhattan said.

But when Warsame was arrested in April by the US military in the Gulf, he was questioned about anti-terrorism "for intelligence purposes for more than two months" before being read his Miranda rights, the prosecutors said in a statement.

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