Ali Sadr wants his ankle bracelet off and his curfew extended until midnight

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Former Pilatus Bank chairman and owner Ali Sadr Hashemi Nejad wants GPS ankle bracelet removed and his curfew extended until midnight. Hashemi Nejad stands charge with money laundering and violating US sanctions.

His request was made by his lawyer Reid Weingarten of Steptoe & Johnson after a hearing earlier today at the US District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Judge Alison J. Nathan said that she saw no reason to agree with Ali Sadr’s request to remove his GPS bracelet. Regarding the extended curfew, his lawyer argued that he would need to meet his client up to midnight. The US prosecutors are expected to respond Sadr’s request within a week.

Matthew Russel Lee reporting for Inner City Press was the only reporter covering the hearing. Only three people were following the proceedings from the court room gallery.

If found guilty, Ali Sadr may be sentenced up to 125 years imprisonment.

Steptoe & Johnson will continue to represent Ali Sadr, as Judge Nathan was told that Ali Sadr is not concerned that his lawyer might have a conflict of interest even if they represented Citibank, UBS and Commerzbank which may be named by the government’s case against Ali Sadr.

The date for the start of the trial has been postponed again. The previous plans saw the trial set for May, it was later postponed to October and then again postponed March 2020.