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NATION : Grand Jury Hears Poindexter

FROM TIMES WIRE SERVICES

Former National Security Adviser John M. Poindexter appeared today before a federal grand jury that was recently impaneled to continue investigating the Iran-Contra scandal.

Poindexter, who was sentenced June 11 to six months in prison for lying to Congress about the Iran-Contra affair and obstructing inquiries of congressional committees, testified behind closed doors at the U.S. Courthouse.

A prosecutor from the office of independent counsel Lawrence E. Walsh accompanied Poindexter into the grand jury room.

The grand jury, which has already heard testimony from former National Security Council aide Oliver L. North, is expected to try to perform a final assessment of the degree of knowledge that President Ronald Reagan and then-Vice President George Bush had of the affair.

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