A judge has set an Aug. 2 trial for a Detroit-area man charged with conspiring to act as an unregistered agent of Iraq and illegally obtaining 2 million barrels of oil.
Muthanna Al-Hanooti was indicted nearly two years ago. The U.S. Justice Department accuses him of illegally working with the former regime of Saddam Hussein from 1999 through 2003.
Al-Hanooti is well known in the Detroit area's Arab-American community. He was public relations director for a charity called Life for Relief and Development and helped organize a trip to Iraq for three congressmen in 2002.
A judge briefly closed a hearing Monday in federal court in Detroit to discuss national security issues with lawyers. Al-Hanooti says he's optimistic he'll beat the charges.