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Search warrant unsealed in terrorist case against 3 San Diego men

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - We're learning more about three City Heights men accused of funneling money to a terrorist group in Somalia. An unsealed search warrant details wiretap conversations where the men claimed to be "part of the fight".

The 40-page search warrant details a secret plot allegedly carried out by three San Diego men to help fund a terrorist war in Somalia. The three City Heights men could get life in prison if convicted of funneling thousands of dollars to the terrorist group Al-Shabaab in Somalia.

In court Tuesday, 54-year-old Issa Doreh argued for bail, saying he has lived in San Diego for 20 years with his wife and children. Attorneys claim the men are being held unfairly in solitary confinement.

"They haven't seen any family members for the last eight days. They have not been allowed to make any phone calls," defense attorney Mahir Sherif said.

The search warrant details a 2008 wiretapped telephone conversation between Doreh and his co-defendant, 33-year-old Basaaly Moalin. According to the warrant, the men talked about raising funds for Al-Shabaab while living in the United States.

Doreh: It will end in success. It will end in success...

Moalin: Yes... that is right. We are not less worthy than the guys fighting.

Doreh: Yes... it takes an equal effort to make a knife; whether one makes the handle part, hammers the iron, or bakes it in the fire.

Mohamed Mohamud, an imam of a City Heights mosque, is the third man charged in the plot.

"My client has never preached violence," Sherif said.

Defense attorneys say the wiretaps simply prove the men were opposed to Ethiopian troops invading Somalia as part of a civil war.

"I would venture to say if Mexico invaded the US, we'd all be wanting to defend our country against the Mexican invasion," Sherif said.

The judge ruled all three men to be held without bail until they can convince him they are not a flight risk or a danger to the community.

All three defendants will be allowed to make new motions for bail if they choose to at a future date. The next court hearing is set for December 3.

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