Fla. imam, son due in court in terror support case

May 23, 2011 - 3:57 AM

MIAMI (AP) — A South Florida Muslim cleric and his son charged with providing support to the Pakistani Taliban are due in federal court for a bail hearing.

Prosecutors are asking a judge at Monday's hearing in Miami to reject bail for 76-year-old Hafiz Muhammad Sher Ali Khan and 24-year-old Izhar Khan, also a Muslim imam. Prosecutors say both men are a danger to the community and would likely try to flee the country.

They and four others are charged with sending at least $50,000 to the Pakistani Taliban, which opposes Pakistan's government and allies such as the U.S. The suspects face a maximum of 15 years in prison on each of four charges if convicted.

Hafiz Khan's attorney says he'll plead not guilty. The younger Khan was working to hire an attorney.