A Muslim cleric from Florida was convicted by a federal jury on Monday for his funneling of thousands of dollars to aid Pakistan’s deadly Islamic terrorist group the Taliban. The Taliban, also known as Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan, Tehrik-I-Taliban, Tehrik-e-Taliban, and Tehreek-e-Taliban, is blamed for suicide bombings and other attacks that have killed both Americans and Pakistanis, according to Justice Department documents.
The jury returned its verdict after the two-month trial of the 77-year-old Hafiz Khan, an imam at a downtown Miami, Fla., mosque. Khan was found guilty of all federal charges including two conspiracy counts and two counts of providing material support to terrorists, according to the FBI.
Each charge carries a maximum 15-year prison sentence and the convicted imam and U.S. District Judge Robert Scola set sentencing for May 30, 2013.
Prosecutors built their case largely from scores of FBI audiotapes filled with conversations in which Khan expressed support for Taliban attacks and discussed sending about $50,000 to Pakistan. There were also recordings in which Khan appeared to back the overthrow of Pakistan’s government in favor of strict Islamic law (Shariah), praised the killing of U.S. military personnel, and lauded the failed 2010 attempt to detonate a bomb in New York City’s Times Square, according to the Justice Department.
This investigation was initiated by the FBI in conjunction with Miami’s Joint Terrorism Task Force and was based on suspicious financial transactions and other evidence. The FBI and the Miami Police Department officials stressed the point that…