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NORTH TESTIMONY RESTRICTED IN POINDEXTER TRIAL

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Restrictions on Oliver L. North's testimony will make it more difficult to prosecute John Poindexter, says a former chief counsel to the congressional Iran-Contra committees.

U.S. District Judge Harold Greene ruled Tuesday that North's statements at his own trial are off-limits for use in the Poindexter case.North testified in April that he saw the former national security adviser tear up a presidential finding retroactively legalizing CIA assistance for a November 1985 shipment of Hawk missiles to Iran.

But North testified last week that his recollection on that and other matters was influenced by Poindexter's immunized appearance on Capitol Hill in 1987. Therefore, said Greene, North's trial testimony as it relates to Poindexter may not be used, unless it was a subject which Poindexter didn't address in his immunized testimony.