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Scientist jailed in Calif. freed after court win

Scientist imprisoned in California in Iran trade case goes free after winning NY court ruling By The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) ' A scientist has been freed from a California prison after his conviction for violating the Iran trade embargo was tossed out by federal appeals court in New York.

A federal judge signed an order Wednesday freeing Mahmoud Reza Banki (BANK'-ee). Prosecutors say they plan to appeal an Oct. 24 federal appeals court decision tossing out the trade embargo conviction and ordering a new trial for Banki on other charges.

The appeals court upheld his conviction for making false statements, but the charges only carry a potential sentence of up to six months in prison.

The 35-year-old Banki has already served 21 months of a 2 -year sentence he received in June 2010. He was released from a federal lockup just outside Los Angeles and plans to remain in the area.

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