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Scientists in Seed case remain in custody

Little Rock--A federal judge in Arkansas has ordered agricultural scientists from China accused of conspiring to steal seeds to remain in custody. Wengui Yan of Stuttgart, Ark., and Weiqiang Zhang of Manhattan, Kan., are accused of conspiring to steal seeds from a research facility in Kansas and pass them to a Chinese delegation that visited the United States this year.

Yan and Zhang are charged with conspiracy to steal trade secrets. Prosecutors say they arranged for a Chinese delegation to visit the U.S. this year and that customs agents later found stolen seeds in the delegation's luggage as it was preparing to return to China.

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