No bail for Florida imam accused of aiding Taliban

July 26, 2011 23:13


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MIAMI - A federal judge in Miami denied bail on Tuesday to a young Muslim cleric arrested in May on charges of financing and supporting the Pakistani Taliban.

The judge cited flight risk and a potential threat to community safety in rejecting bail for Izhar Khan, 24, who has been charged along with his father and brother with conspiring to provide material support to terrorists.

The three Pakistani-born US citizens are among six charged in a US indictment with "supporting acts of murder, kidnapping and maiming in Pakistan and elsewhere" carried out by the Pakistani Taliban, which Washington calls a terrorist organization.

Judge Adalberto Jordan said the evidence against the younger Khan, an imam at the Jamaat Al-Mu'mineen Mosque in Margate, Florida, was not as strong as that brought against his father, Hafiz Muhammed Sher Ali Khan, 76.

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