Trial starts in Gitmo photographer passport case -

Trial starts in Gitmo photographer passport case

MIAMI (AP) -- A military photographer who served in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay is standing trial in Miami on charges of making a false statement while applying for a U.S. passport.

Prosecutors say 26-year-old Elisha Dawkins is a citizen of the Bahamas who took elaborate steps to pose as a U.S. citizen. They say he committed the crime in 2006. The trial will begin Tuesday.

Dawkins served in the Army reserves in Iraq as a photographer until 2007. Then he switched in 2008 to the Navy reserves and took photos at the Guantanamo terrorist detention center. Dawkins had a secret-level clearance there.

Dawkins has hundreds of supporters and political backers who say he's an honorable military man who should not be prosecuted. The charge carries a maximum 10-year prison sentence.

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