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Credit Suisse Banker Naseem Wins Bail as Defense Outlines Case

May 8 (Bloomberg) -- Credit Suisse Group investment banker Hafiz Naseem may be freed from jail after a federal judge said the insider trading case against him could lead to an acquittal.

Naseem, 37, was arrested in New York May 3 and charged with leaking tips about nine deals on which Credit Suisse advised. The scheme netted one conspirator more than $7.5 million, U.S. prosecutors said.

U.S. Magistrate Judge James Francis today reversed the decision of another judge and said Naseem may be freed on a $1 million bond after Naseem's lawyer outlined the defense case. Prosecutors have until 4:45 p.m. today to decide whether to appeal, Francis said.

``Clearly a jury could look at the facts as they've been laid out in the complaint and decline to convict,'' Francis said after a bail hearing in Manhattan federal court.

To contact the reporter on this story: David Glovin in U.S. District Court in New York at 9245 or dglovin@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Patrick Oster at poster@bloomberg.net.

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