Trial begins for 2 men accused of funding Taliban

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Associated Press

Posted on January 4, 2013 at 2:07 PM

MIAMI (AP) — U.S. prosecutors in Florida say an elderly Muslim cleric and his son funneled thousands of dollars to the Pakistani Taliban.

The trial of 77-year-old Hafiz Khan and 26-year old Izhar Khan began Friday. Both have pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy and material support to terrorism. Each count carries a maximum prison sentence of 15 years.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John Shipley Jr. says the father and son sent more than $50,000 to the Pakistani Taliban.

Defense attorneys say prosecutors are misinterpreting thousands of phone conversations as well as intercepts and bugged conversations of an informant.

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