WASHINGTON (AP) — A former Army soldier accused of trying to provide support to a terrorist organization in Somalia is asking for his case to be dismissed because he says he never had any contact with the group.
A lawyer for Craig Baxam of Laurel, Md., filed a motion Monday in federal court arguing that prosecutors would need to prove that he coordinated his plans with the terrorist group al-Shabab. The attorney says prosecutors haven't shown that Baxam communicated with the group.
Baxam served as an intelligence analyst in the Army from 2007 to 2011 and converted to Islam shortly before leaving the Army. He is accused of leaving for Somalia in late 2011 with the intention of joining al-Shabab. He was stopped in Kenya before reaching Somalia and questioned by the FBI.