May 20, 2011 / 2:28 AM / 8 years ago

Judge denies bail for accused Taliban backer

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - An accused financier of the Pakistani Taliban was denied bond on Thursday at a Los Angeles court hearing, where a judge determined he was a flight risk.

Irfan Khan, 37, was arrested in California on May 14, the same day authorities in Florida detained his brother Izhar Khan, and the men’s father, Hafiz Muhammed Sher Ali Khan, who is the Imam, or spiritual leader, of the Miami Mosque.

The three men were indicted in Florida on charges they conspired to provide money and support for the Pakistani Taliban, which is considered a terrorist organization by the United States.

On Thursday at a federal court in Los Angeles, U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Abrams ruled Irfan Khan must remain in custody to be returned by the U.S. Marshals Service to Miami to face the indictment.

Prosecutors allege Irfan Khan funneled nearly $3,500 to Pakistan Taliban supporters in 2008 and 2009.

A daughter and a grandson of Hafiz Khan have also been charged along with another individual, but they remain in Pakistan and have not yet been arrested, officials said.

Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis: Editing by Greg McCune

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