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U.S. Imam Gets 25 Years For Taliban Aid


An imam in Florida has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for his role in sending tens of thousands of dollars to the Pakistani Taliban, which is considered a terrorist group by the United States.

Hafiz Khan, 78, was convicted in March of providing some $50,000 to the Pakistani Taliban between 2008 and 2010.

U.S. prosecutors said the money helped finance weapons for attacks against both U.S. and Pakistani targets.

Khan denied the charges, saying the money was for his family, friends, and a religious school in the Swat Valley.

Two of his sons were also arrested in connection with the case, but not convicted.

A U.S. citizen born in Pakistan, Khan was the imam at the Flagler Mosque in Miami.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AP
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