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LAWYER DEFENDS KHASHOGGI'S MOTIVES

Saudi financier Adnan Khashoggi is an "old world gentleman" who may have helped his friends, Imelda and Ferdinand Marcos, but did not commit a crime, his lawyer said Wednesday.

James Linn, in closing arguments, said the prosecution had not proved Khashoggi plotted with the Marcoses to circumvent a U.S. court injunction freezing their assets in 1986.

"There may be evidence of foolishness, evidence of a man trying to help a lady, maybe even to help the Marcoses. So what?" Linn said.

Khashoggi, 54, is charged with mail fraud and obstructing justice. He is accused of helping the Marcoses hide their ownership of four New York City buildings and art works.

The government claims the properties and paintings were purchased by the Marcoses with $222 million embezzled from their country's treasury.

Khashoggi is being tried in Manhattan's federal court with Mrs. Marcos, who faces racketeering, racketeering conspiracy, mail fraud and obstruction of justice charges.

The jury is expected to begin deliberations today.

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