Terror Trial Starting Against Ex-Sailor

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

New Haven, Conn. (Ap) A former U.S. Navy sailor goes on trial in Connecticut today on terrorism charges.

Hassan Abu-Jihaad is accused of communicating with suspected terrorists while he was on duty. Prosecutors say he leaked information that could have put his own ship in danger of an attack.

They say he sent details of the location of a navy battle group to suspected terrorism supporters in London, along with information about the vulnerabilities of the vessels.

Abu-Jihaad, who's from Phoenix, has pleaded not guilty. If convicted, he could get up to 25 years in prison.

He was born in the United States as Paul Hall and changed his name when he converted to Islam.

A friend says Abu-Jihaad is “very opinionated” and disagreed with the Iraq war.

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