March 6, 2001

Ex-FBI Agent Detained Before Espionage Trial Starts

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Robert Philip Hanssen, the former FBI agent accused of espionage, looked far from glib in his green prisoner uniform and handcuffs when he appeared at his arraignment before U.S. Magistrate Judge Theresa Buchanan in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va. yesterday.

After hearing brief arguments from Assistant U.S. Attorney Randy Bellows and Plato Cacheris and Hanssen’s defense attorney, Buchanan ruled to detain Hanssen pending trial. He will have a preliminary hearing on May 21.

Speaking for the prosecution, Bellows argued that Hanssen “possesses