Glitch halts Fla. terror finance trial
Technical glitch halts Fla. terror finance trial testimony from Pakistan
MIAMI (AP) — A transmission problem with testimony from Pakistan has temporarily halted the trial of a South Florida Muslim cleric charged with supporting Taliban terrorists.
U.S. District Judge Robert Scola sent jurors home early Tuesday when the video feed from Islamabad went down. Officials say they aren't sure what caused the outage but planned to resume trial on Wednesday.
The problem occurred as the second of 11 defense witnesses was testifying from Pakistan in support of 77-year-old imam Hafiz Khan. U.S. prosecutors claim this particular witness has been a fighter with the Pakistani Taliban.
Khan denies funneling cash to the Taliban and insists money he sent to Pakistan was for innocent purposes. If convicted Khan faces 15 years in prison on each of four charges.
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