Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Man Charged in Edmonton Robbery Ordered Extradited to U.S. on Terrorism Charges

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Man Charged in Edmonton Robbery Ordered Extradited to U.S. on Terrorism Charges

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Man charged in Edmonton robbery ordered extradited

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EDMONTON - An Alberta judge has granted an extradition order for a man facing terrorism charges in the United States after he allegedly helped pay for his relatives to travel to Syria.

Abdullahi Ahmed Abdullahi, 33, is accused of being part of a January 2014 jewelry store robbery in Edmonton to fund the Syrian trips.

"I am satisfied that the test ... is met,"Court of Queen's Bench Justice John Little said Thursday. "And I am satisfied that Mr. Abdullahi is the person sought by the United States.

"I therefore order his committal into custody to await surrender."

Abdullahi shouted in court after the decision came down, but his comments couldn't be heard in the public gallery. His family and friends were visibly distraught.

The order still needs to be approved by the federal justice minister and Abdullahi will be given the chance to make his case to the minister. He also has 30 days to appeal before he would be turned over to U.S. authorities.

In a U.S. indictment, Abdullahi was charged with conspiring to provide -- and with providing -- material support to terrorists.

Officials allege Abdullahi conspired with Douglas McCain, the first known American who died fighting for the Islamic State, and others in the U.S. and Canada "to provide support to terrorists engaged in violent activities in Syria."

Abdullahi, also known as phish or fish, was indicted in California in March 2017 by a federal grand jury and arrested by Canadian authorities last September.

The U.S. indictment alleges that Abdullahi conspired with McCain and others to provide personnel and money to people engaged in terrorist activities in Syria, including killing, kidnapping and maiming people.

It alleges Abdullahi robbed the Edmonton jewelry store to finance the travel of McCain and others, then wired the money. …

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