MIAMI (AP) – A Miami federal judge says the terrorism support trial of an elderly Muslim cleric will resume next week even if several defense witnesses are unable to testify from overseas.
U.S. District Judge Robert Scola said the trial will go forward Tuesday for 77-year-old Hafiz Khan. It was delayed this week after a live video feed of defense testimony from Pakistan was mysteriously cut off.
Khan’s attorney says he is trying to get the feed restored. But Scola said if he cannot, the case must resume in a Miami federal courtroom.
Federal prosecutors say a proposed alternative of using the United Arab Emirates cannot be set up in time.
Khan is accused of funneling some $50,000 to the Pakistani Taliban terrorism organization. Khan’s defenders say the money was for innocent purposes.