MIAMI - Defense witnesses will appear live from Pakistan via video hookup in a Miami courtroom during the trial of a Muslim cleric accused of financially supporting the Pakistani Taliban.
U.S. District Judge Robert Scola approved the unusual testimony in the case of 77-year-old imam Hafiz Khan. The five witnesses will be questioned beginning Feb. 11 at an Islamabad hotel, and jurors will watch on courtroom TV screens. Scola said Tuesday the arrangement is costing $130,000.
Khan is on trial for allegedly funneling at least $50,000 to the Pakistani Taliban, listed by the U.S. as a terrorist group. Khan insists the money was for innocent purposes.
Khan's attorney wants Scola to allow six other witnesses to testify from Pakistan. The judge did not immediately rule but seemed inclined to approve the request.
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