Calif. woman denies aiding Pakistan nuke project

July 12, 2011 - 6:29 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — A wealthy California businesswoman is rebutting charges she led a scheme to evade U.S. export laws to provide high-tech paint for construction of a Pakistani nuclear plant.

Lawyers for Xun Wang, a 51-year-old entrepreneur, argued during a detention hearing Tuesday that her offense was "technical" in nature and not serious enough for her to be held without bond.

Federal prosecutors argued that Wang, a Chinese citizen who lives with her family in Hillsborough, Calif., was an extreme flight risk and should be denied bail. She has been charged with four felony counts.

A federal magistrate was expected to rule on her detention late Tuesday.

Wang was arrested in Atlanta in June as her family prepared to board a flight to Italy for a vacation.