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Attorney: Iran Satellite Case Based On Fear

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GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — An attorney for an Iranian-American man accused of illegally helping Iran launch its first satellite urged jurors during closing arguments not to let fear cloud their judgment in the case.

Nader Modanlo is accused of brokering a deal to help Iran launch an earth observation satellite from Russia in 2005. The launch marked the practical beginning of Iran’s space program. Prosecutors say Modanlo, a Maryland resident, violated a trade embargo the U.S. has against Iran by helping the country and that he was paid $10 million.

But defense attorney Lucius Outlaw told jurors Wednesday in federal court in Greenbelt that the case is filled with problems. He said prosecutors are counting on jurors’ fears and hoping “fear will fill in the great big gaping holes.” The trial has lasted weeks.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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