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Judge OKs Exam for Suspected U.S. Spy

October 19, 2000|From Times Wire Reports

Opening the espionage trial against U.S. businessman Edmond Pope, a Moscow judge agreed to an independent medical examination to determine whether the American is healthy enough to remain in prison. Pope, 54, a retired Navy officer from State College, Pa., was arrested in April by Russia's Federal Security Service on charges that he tried to buy plans for a high-speed Russian torpedo. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted. Pope--who has been treated for a rare form of bone cancer--says he is innocent.

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