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PHILADELPHIA — Pennsylvania's Commonwealth Court has denied former Penn State University President Graham Spanier's request to travel to Saudi Arabia.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Spanier, who is awaiting trial on perjury and conspiracy charges stemming from the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, requested permission to go to the Middle Eastern country to meet with higher education officials.

The court cited the lack of an extradition treaty with Saudi Arabia in its ruling. Spanier has been required to receive approval from the court or attorney general to leave the country since August 2013.

Spanier resigned in November 2011 amid allegations he conspired with other university administrators to cover up Sandusky's abuse to protect Penn State's reputation.

No trial date has been set for Spanier since charges were first filed in 2012.

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