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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Man's espionage trial now set to start in April

Advertiser Staff

The trial of a Maui man accused of selling military secrets to China has been delayed until April.

Noshir Gowadia's lawyer, Birney Bervar, yesterday said jury selection is due to begin April 6.

The federal trial has been delayed several times since Gowadia was arrested and initially indicted in 2005.

It had been scheduled to start Feb. 17, but hearings regarding the treatment of classified evidence were not finished in time.

Prosecutors allege Gowadia provided China with information on making cruise missiles less visible to radar and heat-seeking missiles.

Gowadia has pleaded not guilty to charges that he communicated national defense information to a foreign government and to unauthorized persons, conspiracy, and to other counts.