- Associated Press - Friday, October 3, 2014

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A man charged with lying to the FBI about his contact with a terror suspect wanted in Minnesota for his ties to al-Shabab has pleaded guilty.

Mahdi Hussein Furreh, 31, pleaded guilty in federal court in St. Paul Friday to one count of making a false statement. According to an indictment unsealed this week, Furreh lied to the FBI in January when he denied knowing anyone named “Adaway.”

Furreh admits he contacted Adaway. Authorities said that is an alias for the Minnesota man named Cabdulaahi Ahmed Faarax accused of encouraging local Somalis to return to their homeland and join al-Shabab. Furreh called Faarax several times during a March 2013 trip to Kenya.

Furreh is set to be sentenced in February. He could face up to 8 years in prison.

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