Hafiz Khan: Muslim cleric convicted of supporting Taliban to be released

Posted at 11:49 AM, Oct 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-11 11:49:20-04

MIAMI (AP) — An ailing Florida Muslim cleric convicted of providing financial support to the Pakistani Taliban will be released early from prison on humanitarian grounds.

Miami U.S. District Judge Robert Scola ordered Friday that 84-year-old Hafiz Khan be released from a North Carolina prison to a hospice care facility. The order says Khan suffers from pneumonia, dementia, and cancer and cannot speak.

Khan was convicted in 2013 of providing at least $50,000 in support to the Pakistani Taliban, which is considered a terrorist group by the U.S. He was sentenced to a 25-year prison term.

Federal prosecutors argued that Khan remained a danger because he could still direct money to the extremists. But Scola found that he no longer poses a threat.

Khan will be released to a Raleigh, North Carolina hospice.