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Published: Friday, 8/23/2013

Florida imam sentenced to 25 years in prison for financially supporting Pakistani Taliban


MIAMI — An elderly Muslim cleric in South Florida has been sentenced to 25 years in federal prison for funneling tens of thousands of dollars to the Pakistani Taliban.

U.S. District Judge Robert Scola imposed the sentence today on 78-year-old Hafiz Khan, who was convicted in March of four terror support-related charges. Federal prosecutors recommended a 15-year sentence and Khan faced a maximum of 60 years.

Trial evidence showed Khan arranged to send about $50,000 over a three-year period to Pakistan. Prosecutors argued the money helped finance violent attacks against both U.S. and Pakistani targets. Khan told the judge today the money was for family, friends and a religious school he founded.

Khan was imam at a Miami mosque before his 2011 arrest.

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