Witnesses to Testify From Pakistan in South Florida Terror Finance Case

Witnesses to testify from Pakistan in trial of Hafiz Khan in Miami

Monday, Feb 11, 2013  |  Updated 6:48 AM EDT
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Muslim Cleric 'Shocked' His Terror Charges Were Dismissed

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Muslim Cleric 'Shocked' His Terror Charges Were Dismissed

Hours after a federal judge dismissed terrorism support and conspiracy charges against him, a young Muslim cleric on Thursday said he hopes his father similarly is cleared of such charges. The acquitted man, Izhar Khan, is interviewed alongside his laywer, Joseph Rosenbaum. NBC 6 reporter Christina Hernandez has the story.
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Defense witnesses are set to testify from Pakistan in the South Florida trial of a Muslim cleric charged with financially supporting the Pakistani Taliban.
 
The first of up to 11 witnesses will testify Monday from an Islamabad hotel. The testimony will be beamed to a Miami federal courtroom via video hookup. Defense lawyers will ask questions in Pakistan, with prosecutors doing cross-examination using the video feed.

Muslim Cleric 'Shocked' Terror Charges Were Dismissed
 
The unusual arrangement was made necessary when several witnesses for 77-year-old Hafiz Khan could not travel to the U.S. Others face U.S. charges and refused to come.
 
Khan is charged with funneling at least $50,000 to the Pakistani Taliban. Defense witnesses will testify the money was not for terrorists but for the needy and victims of violence in Pakistan's Swat Valley region.

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