Closings set in Fla. Taliban support trial
MIAMI (AP) -- Closing arguments are set for the South Florida trial of an elderly Muslim cleric accused of sending money overseas for the Pakistani Taliban terror organization.
The closing arguments will begin Monday afternoon in the case of 77-year-old Hafiz Khan, the imam at a Miami mosque. Jurors are expected to begin deliberations sometime Tuesday.
U.S. District Judge Robert Scola earlier Monday denied a defense motion to find Khan innocent based on lack of evidence. Scola said there is more than enough evidence for jurors to convict Khan of four terrorism support-related charges.
Prosecutors say Khan sent more than $50,000 to the Pakistani Taliban, which is linked to al-Qaida and involved in violent attacks against Pakistani and U.S. interests. Khan testified the money was for his religious school, the poor and needy.
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