Thursday, March 06, 2008


Ex-U.S. sailor convicted on terrorism charges
By Jason Szep

BOSTON (Reuters) - A former U.S. Navy sailor stationed in the Middle East was convicted on Wednesday of spying and providing material support to terrorists.

A federal jury in Connecticut convicted Hassan Abujihaad, 32, formerly known as Paul Hall, of providing classified information to a London-based publication called Azzam Publications while knowing that it would be used in a conspiracy to kill U.S. citizens.

Abujihaad, arrested in Phoenix, Arizona, on March 7, 2007, is due to be sentenced on May 23 and faces a maximum term of 25 years in prison, said Thomas Carson, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office in New Haven, Connecticut.

Prosecutors accused Azzam of engaging in a conspiracy to provide material support and communications links to people involved in terrorism, including the disclosure of a U.S. Navy battle group's movements in 2001.

"The evidence in this case showed that Hassan Abujihaad provided classified information to terrorists which could have been used to kill American sailors," Julie Myers, director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said in a statement.

Prosecutors said the spying occurred months after suicide bombers attacked the U.S.S. Cole during a refueling stop in Yemen in October 2000, killing 17 sailors and injuring dozens.

Charges were brought in Connecticut because Azzam Web sites were hosted for a time on servers in the state.


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