Trial Date Set for Muslim Cleric in Miami Terror Case

Hafiz Khan and sons in court April 23

Thursday, Aug 25, 2011  |  Updated 11:09 AM EDT
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Trial Date Set 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 Monday, May 16, 2011 in federal court in Miami.

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An April trial date has been set for three South Florida men accused of raising tens of thousands of dollars for the Pakistani Taliban terror group.

U.S. District Judge Adalberto Jordan set trial for April 23 for Muslim cleric Hafiz Khan and his two sons. They have pleaded not guilty to four terrorism support charges that each carry potential 15-year prison sentences.

One reason the case will take months to go to trial is that much of the evidence is classified. Detailed procedures must be worked out to allow defense attorneys and the accused men access to the material.

Defense attorneys are also seeking identities of U.S. informants and other conspirators who have not been charged. They say they need those names to build an adequate defense.

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