- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 27, 2015

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A federal magistrate has released a retired PPG Industries researcher from jail, but ordered him confined to his home until he stands trial on charges of stealing trade secrets for a Chinese company.

The magistrate freed 62-year-old Thomas Rukavina, of Plum, after a hearing Tuesday. His defense attorney had claimed his client needed a mental health evaluation, but withdrew that request before the magistrate’s ruling.

Rukavina was arrested May 7, and indicted two weeks later for allegedly stealing trade secrets that PPG says are worth hundreds of millions of dollars relating to plastic windows that can be used on aircraft and high-speed trains.

Defense attorney Lee Rothman has said Rukavina had such severe anxiety, depression and insomnia that it was keeping his client from helping him prepare a defense.


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