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SEC vs. QWEST - Former execs ask court to dismiss certain claims
By The Associated Press
Denver Post
Thursday, May 22, 2008

Former Qwest executives are asking a court to dismiss certain claims filed by federal regulators, partly because the government is invoking state-secrets privileges that the former executives say will hurt their defense.

The Securities and Exchange Commission has alleged the defendants' actions allowed Denver-based Qwest Communications International Inc. to improperly report revenue.

Attorneys for former Qwest finance chief Robert Wood ruff, former president Afshin Mohebbi and former accountants James Kozlowski and Frank Noyes filed the arguments Wednesday in federal court in Denver.

The defendants say classified information on Qwest's government contracts would help their defense.

Former Qwest chief executive Joe Nacchio also is a defendant.