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Former Pratt & Whitney engineer denied release in Iran documents case

Associated Press

Publication: theday.com

Published July 02. 2014 4:10PM   Updated July 02. 2014 4:14PM

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A federal judge has declined to release from prison a former defense contractor engineer charged with trying to ship sensitive military documents to Iran, agreeing with prosecutors that he's a flight risk.

Magistrate Judge William Garfinkel denied a request by Mozaffar Khazaee Wednesday to be released while he awaits trial on charges of transporting property stolen from companies where he'd worked, including jet engine maker Pratt & Whitney.

Hubert Santos, Khazaee's attorney, says the government was wrongly inferring he was trying to help Iran. He says he was trying to get a job as a professor and was trying to impress a university.

Prosecutor Krishna Patel says authorities are concerned Iran could gain access to the materials.

Garfinkel says the government made a strong case he's a flight risk.

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