MIAMI: A US federal judge has denied bail for the son of a Florida imam arrested on charges of financing and supporting the Pakistani Taliban. US prosecutors have charged Irfan Khan, 37, along with his father and brother, who is also an imam at another Florida mosque, with conspiring to provide material support to terrorists. The three Pakistani-born US citizens were arrested in May and are among six people indicted on charges of conspiring to provide financial and other support to the Taliban. In a ruling late on Friday, Judge Adalberto Jordan denied bail for Khan, saying he represented a flight risk. The judge had already rejected bail requests for the other two men. Jordan said the evidence against Khan was ‘substantial’ but not as strong as that against his father, Hafiz Muhammed Sher Ali Khan, 76, who was an imam at the Miami Mosque at the time of his arrest.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 9th, 2011.
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