Sharif Ahmed, head of the Islamic Court Union (ICU) and leader of the Alliance for the Re-liberation of Somalia (ARS) appealed to Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt to release the two men arrested in Sweden on suspicion of preparing a terrorist crime.
The men, 37 and 42 years old, are suspected of having collected money for the extremist Islamic organization al-Shabaab, the ICU youth movement - money which would have been used in a terror attack in Somalia. The 37 year old said he had provided the ICU with communication equipment.
Sharif Ahmed writes in the letter that the two 'gentlemen' were never members of al-Shabaab.
The 42 year old is in a high position in ARS. Both men, denied all allegations of a crime.
Source: DN (Swedish), h/t Mitt Sverige (Swedish)
See also: Sweden: Three Swedish terrorism suspects, Sweden: Terrorism finance case update, Sweden/Norway: Terror financing arrests