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Reagan completes testimony on Iran-Contra knowledge

Former President Reagan has completed his videotape testimony in the Iran-Contra trial of former national security adviser John M. Poindexter, undergoing about eight hours of questioning over two days. Testifying behind locked and guarded doors at the U.S. District Courthouse here, Reagan endured what appears to have been the most comprehensive examination of his role in the foreign policy scandal.

Reagan testified for about three hours Saturday. As he left the second-floor courtroom shortly after 2 p.m., Reagan, 79, waved to reporters. The former president said nothing as bodyguards led him across a hallway and out a stairwell.

In a statement released later, spokesman Mark Weinberg said Reagan "testified fully and completely" to questions from Poindexter's lawyers and an independent prosecutor.

Attorneys were to have asked Reagan 154 questions about his role in the scandal.

U.S. District Judge Harold H. Greene has ordered that the tape of the testimony be made public, possibly as early as next week.

A version will be played to the jury at Poindexter's trial in Washington, scheduled to begin March 5.