- Associated Press - Friday, July 17, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A federal judge has ruled prosecutors cannot use instant messages against a Chinese woman charged as part of a conspiracy to steal trade secrets from U.S. corn companies.

Mo Yun is accused of helping six others including her brother, Mo Hailong, steal patented seed corn from U.S. companies to reproduce its genetic traits.

She was arrested a year ago and must remain in the U.S. awaiting trial. She is married to Chinese billionaire Shao Genhou, the chairman of Beijing-based DBN Group.

The government found on Mo Hailong’s computer copies of incomplete messages with Mo Yun.

Judge Stephanie Rose ruled Friday the messages are excerpts only and may not be used as evidence.

Prosecutors said during a hearing Thursday they may drop charges against Mo Yun without the messages.

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