MIAMI (CBS4) — An attorney in the case of an elderly Muslim cleric and his two sons who are accused of providing support to the Pakistani Taliban argues a government secrecy request could give prosecutors an unfair advantage by allowing them access to the names of defense consultants who will examine key evidence.

In Miami federal court papers filed Monday, Irfan Khan’s lawyer said the government’s request should be modified to make sure the consultants’ names aren’t shared with the prosecutors handling the case.

Protective orders are common in terrorism cases to keep certain classified information from defendants.

Khan, his brother and their father are charged with funneling at least $50,000 to the terrorist group that has attacked U.S. and Pakistani targets. Three others in Pakistan are also charged.

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