Houston: A Kazakh-born US citizen accused of illicitly obtaining military technology for Russia has been formally briefed on the charges against him in an initial court appearance.
Alexander Fishenko and six others did not enter pleas in their initial court appearance today. Hearings to determine whether they will be allowed out of jail before trial are expected to start tomorrow.
Prosecutors say Fishenko and others sold cutting-edge microelectronics that could be used in Russian weapons systems, exchanged communications with Russian intelligence and tried to hide documents when they suspected authorities were onto them.
Fishenko`s attorney, Eric Reed, told reporters that he plans to "take a hard look at" the allegations.