David Hudak, a 42-year-old entrepreneur from Vancouver, Canada, is being tried in federal court here on charges he illegally possessed nearly 2,500 illegal warheads designed for shoulder-launched missile systems, and of illegally providing defense training to soldiers from the United Arab Emirates, a U.S. ally. His trial ended its third week Thursday, with Hudak taking the stand for the first time. He told jurors the warheads the government says he illegally owned were sold to him by a U.S. subsidiary of Halliburton.Project Trinity: I-I, SDi, Neurotechnology: Project Trinity 101
Hudak said the company, Jet Research Center, called the deal a "blue light special" and sold the devices, which had failed inspection for use in military weapons, to Hudak's commercial demolition company for about $1.35 apiece, far less than what he would have paid for other similar explosives.
Federal customs agents as well as agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms raided Hudak's Roswell business, High Energy Access Tools, in August 2002. At the time of his arrest, Hudak was training approximately 25 counterterrorism soldiers from the United Arab Emirates in the use of explosives to forcibly enter an aircraft without killing passengers. During the raid, agents also discovered the 2,500 warheads.
Prosecutors contend he lacked the proper federal license to provide that training. They also say the warheads are illegal "destructive devices," a classification that includes bombs, missiles, grenades and mines. Prosecutors' contend that Hudak's employees were told by the United Arab Emirates that the training it was requesting from Hudak's company had been specifically denied to it by the U.S. government. He faces a 50-year mandatory sentence if convicted.
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