Bail Denied For S. Fla. Clerics Accused Of Supporting Taliban

MIAMI (CBS4) – A pair of South Florida Muslim clerics, charged with providing financial support to the Pakistani Taliban, have been denied bail in federal court in Miami.

Magistrate Judge Barry Garber ordered pretrial detention for 76-year-old Hafiz Muhammad Sher Ali Khan and his son, 24-year-old Izhar Khan. Garber agreed with prosecutors that both men are a danger to the community and are likely to flee prosecution.

The elder Khan was formally arraigned during the hearing, he entered plea of not guilty.   Because it was the first day for Izhar Khan’s attorney, Judge Garber asked him if he would be taking the case permanently.  When attorney replied that he would know in a week, Judge Garber said he would arraign Izhar Khan at that time if the lawyer decided to retain him as a client.

Hafiz Khan is a religious leader at a mosque in Miami and his son Izhar is an imam at a mosque in Margate.

They and four other people are charged with sending at least $50,000 to the Pakistani Taliban, which violently opposes Pakistan’s government and allies such as the U.S. The suspects face a maximum of 15 years in prison on each of four charges if convicted. Three of those charged remain in Pakistan. They are Ali Rehman, aka “Faisal Ali Rehman”; Amina Khan, aka “Amini Bibi” who is the daughter of Hafiz Khan and her son Alam Zeb, who is also Khan’s grandson. The fourth person named in the indictment is Irfan Khan, another of Hafiz’s sons who is in custody in Los Angeles.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the money sent by this group to Pakistan was used to buy guns and fund a madrassa (religious school) owned by Hafiz Khan which sheltered terrorists and trained children to kill Americans. The indictment does not charge the South Florida mosques themselves with any wrongdoing and the individual defendants are charged based on their provision of material support to terrorism, not on their religious beliefs or teachings.

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  1. 305NMB says:

    My question is “where” did they get the thousands of $$$$.

    If it was from contributions then the contributors need to be prosecuted.

  2. TwanTru says:

    Look, there are so many poor people in this country – neigborhoods that need fixing, etc. and instead of fixing things, the government sends billions of dollars to other countries.

    And people send money to terrorists??

    We really must be stupid.

    1. AnaH says:

      thats what cells do. Hello !!!!!! How many more infiltrated in our communities.

  3. BVC says:

    I understand we need to fight terrorists in order to maintain our freedom, but what I don’t understand why we can’t get part of the billions of dollars we spend every year to other countries and invested here instead. I think by doing this we country will be able to get back to being the BEST and the most powerful. We help others but we need to FOCUS on us in order to keep on helping. WHO HELPS THE USA?

  4. MERCEDES VALDES says:

    Good Morning
    As I read this news I reyoice of what I ws reding …People from that area should be in the lookout by all american citezens{nean….and peoples from the North Pole to the South Pole,,They consider THE AMERICANS Westeners as thier enemys and is not SO….. If they consider us as their enemies what in the HELL they doing here in this part of the world? ..PAKISTAN FRIENDS WITH USA? Nooo! they want the $ dollar only they are friend with the ones that they can get something from…. USA is carefull now ,and more then ever ,DO TO THE HIDEN OF TERRORIST osama The country of India will like to know what is the purpose of Pakistan with China ? INDIA <DO NOT TRUST Pakistanis
    NOt trues CHINA,WEE AMERICANS FROM NORTHPOLE TO SOUTH POLEMOST BE IN THE LOOK OUT.
    AS MY OPINION….THE COURTHOUSE {PALACIO DE JUSTIIA} CHOULD GO AND STUDY THIS CASE VERY WELL,AND PONISH EVERYONE THAT COME TO THIS LAND…..I VOTE FOR THEGOOD
    JURGEMENT YOU TAKE

  5. John Bransen says:

    I vote for every american to stop paying everything at once and you will see the attention you will get. There is no need to pay for anything, its an illusion they embed in us to think we need to be part of the illusion. JUST STOP PAYING EVERYTHING STOP GOING TO WORK< STOP PAYING TAXES. LETS JUST STOP COMPLETELY STOP I VOTE FOR REAL FREEDOM SOCIALIST IS THE NEW WAY TO LIVE IN THE FUTURE OUR CIVILIZATION . WE DO NOT NEED TO HAVE MONEY APART OF OUR EQUATION ANYMORE< OUR PLANET IS BIG ENOUGH TO CREATE NEW FUTURE OF OUR RACE. WE ARE ONE

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