Judge dismisses terror charges against US cleric



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.

PTI