Poindexter Conspiracy Charge Narrowed

From Associated Press

A federal judge Monday granted a government request to narrow a conspiracy charge in the Iran-Contra indictment against former National Security Adviser John M. Poindexter.

U.S. District Judge Harold E. Greene agreed to drop allegations of a conspiracy by Poindexter and others to illegally divert funds to the Contras from the Ronald Reagan Administration's secret arms sales to Iran.

Remaining in the indictment are allegations that Poindexter conspired to obstruct Congress, make false statements and destroy official documents in the Iran-Contra scandal. His alleged co-conspirators were former White House aide Oliver L. North and businessmen Richard V. Secord and Albert A. Hakim. North enlisted Secord's help in supplying arms to the Contras during a congressional ban on military aid to the rebels.

Poindexter also is accused of two counts of obstruction of Congress and two counts of making false statements to Congress. Those counts also relate to denials that North was assisting the Contras.

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