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Markland Announces Corporate Reorganization and Declares $10M Stock Dividend of Its Technest Holdings Inc. Stock

BOSTON, Aug 17, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Markland Technologies, Inc. (OTC BB:MRKL.OB) ( http://www.marklandtech.com),a defense and homeland security company transforming advanced laboratory technology into real-world products, announced today its majority-owned subsidiary, Technest Holdings, Inc. (OTC BB: TCNH.OB), acquired all of the outstanding stock of Markland's wholly owned subsidiary, EOIR Technologies Inc. Pursuant to this transaction, EOIR became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Technest. As consideration for this reorganization, Technest issued to Markland 12 million additional shares of Technest common stock. After giving effect to the reorganization, Markland's ownership of Technest on a primary basis increased from 85% to approximately 98% and on a fully diluted basis (assuming the conversion of all of Technest's fixed price convertible securities and the exercise of all warrants to purchase Technest common stock) increased from 39% to approximately 82%. Markland's total holdings of Technest common stock will increase to approximately 14 million shares.

In connection with the reorganization, Markland has declared a stock dividend of $10 million worth of shares of Technest common stock that it currently owns, up to a maximum of 2.5 million shares of Technest common stock. The record date for the stock dividend is May 1, 2006 and the distribution date for the stock dividend is July 5, 2006. The actual number of shares of Technest common stock to be distributed will be calculated based on a per share price equal to the average closing price of the Technest Stock as reported by the National Association of Securities Dealers Automatic Quotations service for the ten trading days ending June 30, 2006. However in no event shall the number of shares of the Technest common stock distributed exceed 2.5 million nor will Markland deliver fractional shares of the Technest common stock.

Robert Tarini, Markland Chairman and CEO stated, "Due to Markland's current equity structure, we believe that the company's stock is undervalued. We have undertaken this reorganization and the $10 million Technest stock dividend in an effort to allow the market and our stockholders to capture what we believe to be the company's real market value. We have worked very hard to try to re-negotiate with the holders of our convertible notes and Series D preferred securities to institute conversion floor prices and other changes which would be beneficial to Markland common stock shareholders. Management efforts in this regard will continue. Management will also be contemplating future additional distributions of Technest Holdings Inc. stock to Markland common shareholders. We presently have approximately 14M shares of Technest Holdings Inc common stock which as of yesterday's market close was priced at $14 per share. This is a market capitalization figure which we believe much more accurately reflects the true value of this corporate enterprise and it is management's intention to return as much of this value as we can to Markland common shareholders over time."

About Markland Technologies
Markland Technologies, Inc. is committed to setting next-generation standards in defense and security through the provision of innovative emerging technologies and expert services. The Company is engaged in the identification of advanced technologies currently under development in laboratories, universities and in private industry, and in the transformation of those technologies into next-generation products. Markland's solutions support military, law enforcement and homeland security personnel to protect the nation's citizens, borders and critical infrastructure assets from the threat of terrorism and other dangers. Through strategic development, Markland focuses on the creation of dual-use technology and products with applications in both the defense market and civilian homeland security and law enforcement fields. The Company is a Board Member of the Homeland Security Industries Association, and is a featured Company on HomelandDefenseStocks.com; additional details can be viewed at http://www.homelanddefensestocks.com/Companies/MarklandTech. For more information about the Company and its products, please visit the Markland home page at http://www.marklandtech.com.

About Technest Holdings, Inc.
Technest Holdings, Inc. (OTC BB:TCNH.OB - News), is a provider of intelligent surveillance and advanced 3D imaging technology solutions to the defense and homeland security marketplaces. Technest is committed to setting next-generation standards in defense and security through the provision of innovative emerging technologies and expert services. Technest's solutions support military, law enforcement and homeland security personnel. Through strategic development, Technest focuses on the creation of dual-use technology and products with applications in both the defense market and civilian homeland security and law enforcement fields.

Markland Technologies, Inc. is a featured Company on http://www.HomelandDefenseStocks.com, a service for which Markland compensates the provider.
For full details, click here:
www.homelanddefensestocks.com/Companies/MarklandTech/Default.asp
More information on Homeland Security issues, including news releases, events and experts available for comment, can be found on the Homeland Security Newsline at http://www.primezone.com/hs

SOURCE: Markland Technologies, Inc.
Markland Technologies
http://www.marklandtech.com
or
ECON Corporate Services
Dawn Van Zant, 866-730-1151
dvanzant@investorideas.com

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