USA v. Hassan, Tnuza Jamal
St. Paul, MN

Al Qaida, Taliban, Al Shabaab

[DMN] Tnuza Jamal Hassan, a former student at St. Catherine University (SCU) in St. Paul, Minnesota, attempted to provide material support to al-Qaida. In a September 2017 an interview with FBI Agents, Hassan was asked whether she authored and delivered a letter to two fellow students at SCU in March 2017. The letter sought to encourage fellow students to "join the jihad in fighting" and to "[j]oin Al Qaeda, Taliban, or Al Shabaab." Hassan knowingly made a false statement to FBI Agents when she stated she did not write the letter and did not know who wrote the letter. She also said she did not know how the letter came to be delivered to her fellow students. In January 2018, Hassan started several fires on the campus of SCU, including in St. Mary Hall, which she maliciously damaged. The fires set by Hassan caused the St. Paul Fire Department to respond to SCU. In August 2020, Hassan pled guilty.