Fla. Terror Case Hits Competency, Witness Snags

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) -- A once high-profile federal prosecution of an elderly Muslim cleric and one of his sons on terrorism finance charges has become bogged down in questions over the imam's mental stability.

And according to court documents in a Miami federal court, there's a fight over the testimony of defense witnesses who refuse to leave Pakistan.

U.S. District Judge Robert Scola said in a recent order there is "bona fide doubt" regarding 77-year-old Hafiz Khan's mental fitness to stand trial. Prosecutors say Khan, imam at a downtown Miami mosque, was the ringleader of a group in the U.S. and Pakistan that funneled tens of thousands of dollars to the Pakistani Taliban terror group.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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