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By David A. Clarke Jr.
Blame Washington's intelligence failure, not lack of police
Topic - Frode Sulland
A Somali-born Norwegian citizen pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of sending more than $30,000 to top leaders of an al-Qaeda-linked Somali militant group at the start of the first trial under Norway's 2002 terror financing law.
Frode Sulland, a defense attorney for the man, said his client did not intend to send money to al-Shabab but to the Islamic Courts Union, a Somali opposition group that attempted to restore order in the country after nearly two decades of lawlessness.
"He did not fully understand that some individuals (in that group) had connections to al-Shabab," Mr. Sulland told the Associated Press. "He sent money for humanitarian purposes and also to the insurgency, but he couldn't decide what it was used for. It was not illegal to send money to the insurgency."