Fla. Taliban jurors still deciding imam's fate
Jurors in Florida Taliban support case still deciding fate of Muslim cleric
Jurors want to leave early on their fourth day of deliberations in the South Florida trial of a Muslim cleric accused of supporting the Pakistani Taliban.
The panel said in a note Friday they want to quit no later than 3 p.m. because of a personal family matter. U.S. District Judge Robert Scola approved the request, as long as the group continues to deliberate diligently in the case of 77-year-old Hafiz Khan.
The deliberations followed a two-month trial on U.S. charges that Khan provided about $50,000 to the Pakistani Taliban. Khan testified the money was for needy people, family members and a religious school or madrassa he owns in Pakistan's Swat Valley.
If convicted Khan faces maximum sentences of 15 years on each of four terror support-related charges.
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