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Thursday, February 21, 2013 11:51 am

Judge to Fla. imam: stop rambling speeches

The Associated Press

A federal judge in Miami wants a Muslim cleric to stop making rambling speeches in his trial on charges that he helped finance the Pakistani Taliban.

U.S. District Judge Robert Scola admonished Hafiz Khan for a second time on Thursday to answer a prosecutor's questions directly. The 77-year-old cleric frequently goes off on diatribes against the U.S. government for bringing terrorism support charges against him and sometimes has insulted the prosecutor personally.

Khan is testifying in Pashto with an interpreter in his own defense for a third day. He is charged with providing at least $50,000 to the Taliban.

Khan has testified that he opposes the Taliban and that money he sent overseas was for innocent purposes.