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Wednesday, 15 May, 2002, 12:30 GMT 13:30 UK
Court deadline in 'spying' case
BAe Systems, Basildon
BAe Systems is a leading defence equipment maker
Prosecutors have been given until July to build their case against a man accused of offering top secret documents to the Russians.

Ian Parr, from Rochford, Essex, is alleged to have offered documents to a man claiming to be from the Russian Embassy.

The offences are said to have happened while Mr Parr was working for BAe Systems and Avionics based in Basildon, Essex.

Mr Parr, who faces nine charges under the Official Secrets Act and one theft charge, was not at the Old Bailey hearing on Wednesday which was adjourned until July.

'Useful to enemy'

The former soldier is accused of nine charges of obtaining information "prejudicial to the safety or interests of the state" between 1 January and 23 March of this year.

Mr Parr, 45, is also accused of stealing a CD-Rom containing sensitive data relating to the Hostile Artillery Locator (Halo) project.

The data could be "useful to an enemy contrary to Section 1 of the Official Secrets Act".

The prosecution was given until 12 July to serve papers on the defence at Wednesday's hearing.

Mr Parr, a father-of-two and former test co-ordinator for BAe, was arrested on 22 March in a joint operation involving police and the security services.

The charges Mr Parr faces carry a maximum of 14 years in prison.

BAe Systems and Avionics employs 1,300 people and is one of the UK's leading suppliers of civil and military electronic systems.

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