Judge denies bail for Fla. clerics in terror case

May 23, 2011 11:36:03 AM PDT
A federal judge in Florida has denied bail for two Muslim clerics charged with providing financial support to the Pakistani Taliban.

Magistrate Judge Barry Garber ordered pretrial detention Monday for 76-year-old Hafiz Muhammad Sher Ali Khan and his son, 24-year-old Izhar Khan. Garber agreed with prosecutors' claims that both men are a danger to the community and are likely to flee prosecution.

They and four other people are charged with sending at least $50,000 to the Pakistani Taliban, which violently 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. Three of those charged remain in Pakistan.

Hafiz Khan formally pleaded not guilty Monday. The younger Khan will enter a plea next week.

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