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Prosecutor: Keep extra security for Russian inmate

October 2, 2014

SEATTLE (AP) — A federal prosecutor says extra security for a Russian man charged with hacking into U.S. businesses should stay in place because prison officials say one of his lawyers illegally brought a cellphone into the Seattle facility.

Roman Seleznev’s lawyers have complained they can’t meet with him face to face, compromising their ability to defend him.

In a court document filed Wednesday, a prosecutor also says a U.S. marshal caught a lawyer holding a cellphone up to a screen separating Seleznev from the attorney in a courthouse cellblock so the inmate could speak to someone in Russian.

Seleznev lawyer Anna Goykhman denied doing anything inappropriate during her visits and called the accusation offensive.

A prison official says mail disguised as correspondence from the law firm has been intercepted. It was actually a letter from another Russian prisoner.

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