Figure in Navy bribery case gets bail with catches

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Updated: Thu, 21 Nov 2013 10:18:33 EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A U.S. magistrate judge has issued a conditional ruling that a Malaysian defense contractor accused in a massive Navy bribery scheme can be released on a $1 million bond.

But Judge Jan Adler ordered stringent restrictions Thursday, including GPS monitoring, a 24-hour security guard and surveillance cameras for Leonard Francis. Adler also stayed his decision pending a review from a U.S. district judge.

Francis is chief executive of Glenn Defense Marine Asia Ltd. He is charged with offering bribes to Navy officers in exchange for ship route information.

Prosecutors argued Francis shouldn't be released because he has no strong ties to the U.S., unlike the three Navy officers arrested in the case.

They called him a worldly man with means to cross the nearby border and go anywhere to hide.

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