MIAMI (AP) — A Muslim imam in Miami is seeking dismissal of a federal indictment charging that he orchestrated financial support for the Pakistani Taliban terrorist group.
Documents filed this week on behalf of Hafiz Khan claim some of the charges violate his First Amendment free speech rights. Other claims are that no crime had yet been committed when Khan was arrested in May and that some counts are vague and too broad.
Khan and his two sons face four terrorism support charges that each carry potential 15-year prison sentences. They have pleaded not guilty. They are being held without bail.
Prosecutors say they provided tens of thousands of dollars to the Pakistani Taliban. The U.S. attorney’s office has not yet responded to Khan’s dismissal motions.
Source: Associated Press