Florida imam accused of aiding Pakistani Taliban is acquitted
MIAMI | Thu Jan 17, 2013 6:06pm EST
(Reuters) - A federal judge on Thursday threw out charges against one of two South Florida imams accused of funneling more than $50,000 to the Pakistani Taliban, citing a lack of evidence.
U.S. District Judge Robert Scola issued a seven-page order acquitting Izhar Khan, a 26-year-old imam at a mosque in Margate, Florida.
"The Court finds that no rational trier of fact could find all the essential elements of the crimes beyond a reasonable doubt," Scola wrote.
Khan and his father, Hafiz Khan, the head of one of Miami's oldest mosques, were arrested in May 2011 on charges they conspired to provide money and support for the Pakistani Taliban, which the United States considers a terrorist organization.