Judge dismisses terror charges against Fla. cleric

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 17, 2013 at 5:08 pm •  Published: January 17, 2013
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In his order, Scola noted that the older Khan was recorded by the FBI talking "openly and brazenly" about raising money to help overthrow the Pakistani government so that strict Islamic law could be imposed. The recordings showed Hafiz Khan praised suicide bomb attacks in Pakistan and the attempt in May 2010 by Faisal Shahzad to detonate a bomb in New York's Times Square.

"He actually did send money to friends and family in Pakistan knowing that the money was going to be directed to support the Pakistani Taliban," Scola wrote of the elder Khan.

Izhar Khan, by contrast, barely appeared on the FBI recordings and never discussed violence. He was involved in two transactions to Pakistan totaling about $1,100 at a time when many Pakistanis living in the U.S. were sending money to family members dealing with Taliban violence in that country's Swat Valley.

The biggest transaction involved Izhar Khan's sister, Amina Khan, who has also been indicted in the U.S. case but remains in Pakistan. Scola noted that there is "ample evidence" she is a Taliban supporter but none that Izhar knew a $900 wire transfer sent to her would be used to support the Islamic fundamentalist group or violence.

The prosecution rested its case prior to Scola's dismissal of charges against the younger Khan, and Hafiz Khan's defense began presenting its evidence. After Thursday the trial is off until next Tuesday.

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