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Convicted Muslim Protests Ban on Headscarf at Sherburne Co. Jail

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ST. PAUL  (AP) – A Muslim woman convicted of conspiring to funnel money to terrorists in Somalia is protesting a ban on headwear at the Sherburne County Jail where she’s an inmate. Amina Farah Ali says her religion, Islam, requires her to wear a head covering, or hijab, in public.

Ali’s attorney, Dan Scott, says she has refused to come out of her jail cell to eat.

Jail commander Pat Carr says no personal clothing is allowed in the jail, including headgear. Sheriff Joel Brott says Ali is not going without food, but he didn’t know if she was eating in a dayroom or her cell.

The 35-year-old Rochester woman was convicted last week of conspiracy to provide material support to al-Shabaab.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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