Three Muslim imams at the head of mosques in Florida were charged with conspiring to provide material support to a conspiracy to murder, injure and kidnap people abroad and providing support to the Taliban, a terrorist organization in Pakistan.
Financial transfers involving $50,000 abroad to the Taliban were mentioned in the indictment against the three men Hafiz Khan, 76, and his sons Irfan Khan, 37, and Izhar Khan, 24. The four-count indictment is being served by Wifredo Ferrer – US attorney for the Southern District of Florida – and local FBI agents.
Hafiz Khan is the imam at the Flagler Mosque in Miami, and Izhar Khan leads the Jamaat al-Mumineen Mosque in nearby Margate, FL. Three relatives of the men living in Pakistan were also charged. Each person involved faces up to 15 years in jail.
Miami FBI special agent John Gillies said: “Today terrorists have lost another funding source to use against innocent people and US interests. We will not allow this country to be used as a base for funding and recruiting terrorists.”
Mr Ferrer said: “Despite being an imam… Hafiz Khan was by no means a man of peace. He acted with others to support terrorists to further acts of murder, kidnapping and maiming.”