The five men were traveling 4 mph over the speed limit and that gave state troopers the only reason they needed to pull their vehicle over, federal prosecutors contended Tuesday in the case of a man charged in connection with the exodus of Somali men to their homeland.In a motion filed in the case of Abdow Munye Abdow, government lawyers say that the stop was legal and that any statements the man made should not be suppressed, as his lawyer has requested Abdow's lawyer claimed Nevada state troopers stopped the car Abdow and four other Somali men were riding in north of Las Vegas last October because of their skin color.
But in a 25-page reply to the defense's motion to suppress, federal prosecutors said race or ethnicity had nothing to do with the stop, but speeding did."The troopers had reasonable suspicion that the vehicle in which the defendant was traveling was involved in criminal activity," the memorandum said. "The vehicle was traveling at 79 mph despite the posted maximum speed limit was 75 mph."Abdow, 26, of Chanhassen, was indicted last year on two counts of lying to federal agents. FBI agents had questioned him after he returned to the Twin Cities from Nevada, and he allegedly lied to them about who had rented the car and whether he knew the other passengers. Records showed he had rented the vehicle.Abdow, a
Ali has not been charged.
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