LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — Three South Florida men, one of whom was apprehended in Los Angeles, have been charged with providing about $45,000 in financial support to the Pakistani Taliban, which the State Department has designated as a terrorist organization.
The U.S. Attorney’s office in Miami announced Saturday the arrests of Hafiz Muhammed Sher Ali Khan and sons Irfan Khan and Izhar Khan.
CBS Miami reports that 37-year-old Irfan Khan, who is a U.S. citizen, is expected to make his first court appearance in a federal court in Los Angeles on Monday. He is being held at the Metropolitan detention center.
Hafiz Khan is the imam at Miami Mosque, also known as Flagler Mosque, and Izhar Khan is the imam at Jamaat Al-Mumineen Mosque in nearby Margate. Officials say the mosques are not suspected of wrongdoing.
Authorities say they have recorded conversations in which Hafiz Khan supported violence perpetrated by the Pakistani Taliban.
If convicted, the men face 15 years in prison for each of the four counts.
Attempts to reach the men, their attorneys and their mosques were unsuccessful.
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