Florida imam raised $50K to fund TalibanJanuary 17, 2013
Prosecutors have the bank records and wiretaps to prove it. Recorded statements of imam Hafiz Khan, the leading figure in the conspiracy to finance the Pakistani Taliban (a.k.a. Tehrik-e-Taliban) include:
- Asking his son Izhar to pick up $300 from a donor that had been “approved for the mujahideen.”
- Describing his nephew in Pakistan as “a big agent of the Taliban.”
- Stating: “Right now I have about 100,000 Pakistani rupees for the Taliban. People have given me (money) in small amounts, I have given some from my side.”
- After hearing that seven American soldiers were killed in Afghanistan, Hafiz Khan “declared his wish that God bring to death 50,000 more.”
No wonder why defense attorneys tried so hard to argue that Hafiz Khan is mentally incompetent. They must have known that in addition to the bank records, the statements Khan has made are so damning that the jury will easily find him guilty on four counts of providing material support to terrorists.
Hafiz faces a maximum 60-year prison sentence for these activities. Meanwhile, Amina Farah Ali, a Muslim woman in Minnesota who was convicted in 2011 for raising and transferring a comparatively lesser amount of $8,600 to terrorists overseas, faces up to 195 years in prison. In the Ali case, separate transfers of money were treated as separate charges, whereas most of the transfers in this case have been lumped together.
The reason for combining the transfers together is unclear. The prosecutors must feel that it is the best legal strategy, but Money Jihad counts seven separate transfers in the Khan indictment that could have been broken into separate counts that would have added 105 years to the possible prison sentence.
Hafiz Khan is charged under 18 USC 2339A and 2339B, which outlaw providing “material support” to terrorists. Often described as a key provision of the Patriot Act, the material support prohibitions of sections 2339A and B actually originate from the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994. The Patriot Act clarified the definition of “material support” and increased the penalties for violations.