Login  /  Register  | 3 premium articles left before you must register.

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.

News by Town

Most Recent Poll
Did the Supreme Court make the right call in its 5-4 Hobby Lobby ruling?
Yes, the court was right. Forcing the owners to provide insurance coverage for contraceptives they considered immoral violated their religious rights.
No, this was a terrible ruling. Women employees shouldn't be denied coverage for contraceptives because they happen to work for people who object to them.
I'm not sure how I feel. Both sides in the case make good points.
Number of votes: 1922

No current items found