The trial of a former Navy sailor accused of supporting terrorism begins today in federal court in New Haven.
31-year old Hassan Abu-Jihaad is charged with providing material support to terrorists with intent to kill U.S. citizen, and leaking classified information related to national defense.Â Federal prosecutors are expected to show videos calling for violent jihad that they say the former sailor bought through a Connecticut-based website. They also say he used codedÂ messages to refer to terrorism in e-mails and phone calls.
But defense attorneys say the governmentâ€™s case lacks direct proof that Abu-Jihaad disclosed secret information. Abu-Jihaad received an honorable discharge from the Navy in 2002. Heâ€™s pleaded not guilty and has been held without bail since his arrest last March. If convicted, he faces up to 25 years in prison.