- Associated Press - Monday, March 4, 2013

MIAMI (AP) — An elderly Muslim cleric was convicted Monday by a Miami jury of providing thousands of dollars in financial support to the Pakistani Taliban.

The jury returned its verdict in the two-month-long trial of Hafiz Muhammed Sher Ali Khan, a 77-year-old imam at a Miami mosque who was was found guilty of two conspiracy counts and two counts of providing material support to terrorists.

Each charge carries a potential 15-year prison sentence.

Prosecutors built their case largely around hundreds of FBI recordings of conversations in which Khan expressed support for Taliban attacks and discussed sending about $50,000 to Pakistan.

Khan testified the money was for family, charity and business reasons. Khan also said he lied to an FBI informant about Taliban support in hopes of obtaining $1 million from him.



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