MIAMI — An elderly Miami imam pleaded not guilty in US federal court Monday to charges of supporting the Pakistani Taliban and was ordered held without bail, his lawyer said.
The US government accuses 76-year-old Hafiz Muhammed Sher Ali Khan, four of his relatives and another person of funneling money and providing support to the group branded by Washington as a foreign terrorist organization.
Khan is the leader of Miami’s oldest mosque. His attorney, Khurrum Wahid, expressed concern about his client being kept in jail.
“He’s 76 years old and has health issues — heart and cholesterol problems,” the lawyer said.
The Pakistani Taliban is engaged in a violent resistance against the Pakistani and US governments. It also has links to Al-Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan.
One of Khan’s sons, 24-year-old Izhar Khan, also appeared in court for the first time since their indictment was unsealed. He is also an imam at a Florida mosque.
US Magistrate Judge Barry Garber scheduled another hearing for May 23.
The six defendants are all Pakistanis, although some of them have US citizenship.
The indictment unveiled Saturday names the older Khan, two sons (Irfan and Izhar Khan), daughter Amina Khan, grandson Alam Zeb and another individual, Ali Rehman.
The arrests and charges against the Pakistanis come amid heightened tensions between Washington and Islamabad following a US commando raid that killed Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden at his hideout deep in Pakistan.
Virginia Democrats are so fired up that the party chair had to scold them: ‘Sit down — be quiet’
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Political analysts believe the Democratic Party of Virginia has a good chance to win control of the state legislature in 2019's election, before setting their sights on the Commonwealth continuing its recent trend of voting Democratic in presidential elections.
Patrick Wilson, a political reporter for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, attended the event.
He reported that Democrats were so "noisy" that it was hard to hear the speakers, which include presidential candidates Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
‘Everyone knows what to expect’ at Trump’s Amway Center re-election kickoff
Donald Trump considers himself a legendary salesman, but can he really sell America on giving him four more drama-filled years at the White House?
Tuesday, he'll make his big pitch.
The 2020 reelection kickoff rally is being held in Orlando, Florida and campaign operations chief Michael Glassner says the "historic" event "has already generated tens of thousands of ticketing requests."
There's little mystery about how the night will go down.
Expect Trump, the self-promoting hero of his ghost-written book "The Art of the Deal," to claim the US economy is richer, the military stronger, and the country more respected than ever in history.
Florida man’s own family blasts him after he was arrested for racist threats: ‘This isn’t how we were raised’
After a Florida man was arrested for trying to start a race war, a member of his own family slammed his values.
"A Florida man’s social media posts that threatened violence against African-Americans, Jews and homosexuals and that urged his followers to start a race war netted him a $1 million bond," the Miami Herald reported Saturday. "And then there’s another $100,000 bond he would have to pay to get out of Lee County Jail because of a weapons charge."
Joshua Leff, 40, is being held in the Lee County Jail.