MIAMI – A federal judge in Miami has rejected bail for a young Muslim cleric accused of providing financial support to the Pakistani Taliban terrorist group.
U.S. District Judge Adalberto Jordan cited a potential threat and flight risk in denying release on bail Tuesday for 24-year-old Izhar Khan. Khan is charged along with his brother and father with providing material support to terrorists. Three others in Pakistan are also charged.
Jordan is weighing whether 37-year-old Irfan Khan should get bail. The judge rejected bail for the men's father, 76-year-old Hafiz Khan. Hafiz Khan and Izhar Khan are both imams at South Florida mosques.
Prosecutors say the men funneled at least $50,000 to the Pakistani Taliban. They have pleaded not guilty. They face up to 15 years on each of four charges.