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Attorney: Muslim inmate wants to wear head scarf
by Amy Forliti
The Minnesota Council on American-Islamic Relations is asking the Sherburne County Sheriff's Department to grant religious accommodation to inmates who wear religious head coverings, after a Muslim woman convicted on multiple terror-related charges was forced to give up her head scarf while in custody.
Amina Farah Ali, 35, was convicted last week of funneling money to the terror group al-Shabab in Somalia. She's awaiting sentencing on 13 terror-related counts, including one count of conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.
Her attorney, Dan Scott, said his client wants to wear her head scarf because, as part of her Muslim faith, she believes she must dress modestly in front of men who are not her relatives. That modest dress includes a head scarf, or hijab.
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