No Bail for Muslim Cleric in Miami Terror Case

Man accused of giving financial support to Taliban a flight risk: judge

Tuesday, Jul 26, 2011  |  Updated 12:51 PM EDT
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No Bail for Muslim Cleric in Miami Terror Case

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Hafiz Muhammed Sher Ali Khan, 76, right, and one of his sons, 24-year-old Izhar Khan, left, are shown in this courtroom drawing made in federal court in Miami.

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A federal judge in Miami has rejected bail for a young Muslim cleric accused of providing financial support to the Pakistani Taliban terrorist group.

U.S. District Judge Adalberto Jordan cited a potential threat and flight risk in denying release on bail Tuesday for 24-year-old Izhar Khan. Khan is charged along with his brother and father with providing material support to terrorists. Three others in Pakistan are also charged.

Jordan is weighing whether 37-year-old Irfan Khan should get bail. The judge rejected bail for the men's father, 76-year-old Hafiz Khan. Hafiz Khan and Izhar Khan are both imams at South Florida mosques.

Prosecutors say the men funneled at least $50,000 to the Pakistani Taliban. They face up to 15 years on each of four charges if convicted.

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