Former Qwest Executives Seek Dismissal of Some SEC Charges

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Denver (AP) 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.

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

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

Former Qwest CEO Joseph Nacchio also is a defendant.