Judge dismisses terror charges against US cleric

Last Updated: Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 23:34

Miami: A US judge has dismissed terrorism support and conspiracy charges against a Muslim cleric accused along with his father of funnelling cash to the Pakistani Taliban.

US District Judge Robert Scola ruled on Thursday there was insufficient evidence against 26-year-old Izhar Khan. He is an imam at a mosque in suburban Margate north of Fort Lauderdale.

The judge is letting the case against Khan`s father, 77-year-old Hafiz Khan, go forward and the trial is continuing in Miami federal court.

Scola ruled that Izhar Khan`s involvement in two transactions totalling USD 1,100 did not show he was supporting Taliban fighters. Charges against another of Hafiz Khan`s sons were dropped earlier by prosecutors.

Hafiz Khan is on trial for four terrorism support-related charges that each carry maximum 15-year prison sentences.


First Published: Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 23:34

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