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COURTESY HAWAII NEWS NOW / CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

Former HPD officers Bobby Nguyen, left and, Gordon Shiraishi were seen in undated video footage. HPD officer Lt. Derek Hahn was arrested by the FBI, Oct. 17, for conspiracy charges in the corruption investigation involving former Chief of Police Louis Kealoha.

Three former members of the Honolulu Police Department’s elite Criminal Intelligence Unit were back in federal court this morning to answer to charges filed against them in last month’s indictment of former Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha and his prosecutor wife Katherine Kealoha.

Officers Derek Wayne Hahn, Minh-Hung “Bobby” Nguyen and retired Maj. Gordon Shiraishi pleaded not guilty to charges that they conspired and obstructed justice, and made false statements to federal investigators. Trial for the three men, the Kealohas and officer Daniel Sellers, another former CIU member, is scheduled for Dec. 19, but the date will likely be reset for some time later.

The Kealohas and Sellers pleaded not guilty following their arrest Oct. 20.

The FBI arrested Hahn, Nguyen and Shiraishi before a federal grand jury returned an indictment against all six defendants.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Richard L. Puglisi continued the release conditions he had previously approved for the three men. Each of them is free on $50,000 unsecured signature bond.

Following their arrests, HPD took away Sellers’, Hahn’s and Nguyen’s police powers and placed them on unpaid leave.

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