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‘Ivory Queen’ Yang Fenglan jailed in Tanzania

Image copyright AFP Image caption Yang Fenglan was a leading figure in business circles at the time of her arrest Tanzania has sentenced Yang Fenglan, a Chinese businesswoman nicknamed the “Ivory Queen”, to 15 years in jail for smuggling hundreds of elephant tusks. Yang was accused of operating one of Africa’s biggest ivory-smuggling rings, responsible for smuggling $2.5m (£1.9m) worth of tusks from some 400 elephants. Two Tanzanian men were also found guilty of involvement in the ring. Ivory poaching is said to have caused a 20% decline in the…

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Jailed for stealing grapes: The motives of Japan’s elderly inmates

Image copyright Yo Nagaya Image caption The number of elderly Japanese inmates is rising. File image Last month the BBC reported on the increase in the numbers of elderly Japanese being imprisoned. The biggest spike is among elderly women. One 68-year-old serving her fifth jail term – this time for stealing fruit – tells 100 Women why she did it. I was jailed for the first time when I was 53 years old. I think I stole a bag. My prison term this time is two years. It’s not that…

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Paul Manafort should be jailed for 19-24 years – Mueller

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Paul Manafort also faces a possible fine of between $50,000 and $24m US President Donald Trump’s former election campaign chief Paul Manafort should be jailed for up to 24 years, special counsel Robert Mueller says. Manafort was convicted of financial fraud on charges relating to his work as a political consultant in Ukraine. He accepted a plea deal on the charges in return for co-operating with Mr Mueller’s probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 US election campaign. But he was found guilty earlier this…

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Sofija Kaczan death: Mugger jailed for killing 100-year-old woman

Image copyright Derbyshire Police Image caption Waszkiewicz had denied manslaughter and robbery but was found guilty on Wednesday at Derby Crown Court A mugger who killed a 100-year-old woman whose neck was broken in a handbag robbery has been jailed. Sofija Kaczan died of pneumonia brought on by her injuries on 6 June in Normanton, Derby. Artur Waszkiewicz, 40, of Wolfa Street, Derby, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison. Judge Nicholas Dean QC said Waszkiewicz was a “cowardly petty criminal” whose dangerous attack had led to “awful consequences”.…

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Colombia: Man jailed for sexual abuse of 276 children

A Colombian man who admitted sexually abusing nearly 300 children has been sentenced to 60 years in prison. Juan Carlos Sánchez Latorre committed the crimes in 2007-08, a court in the city of Barranquilla ruled. Sánchez Latorre, in his late 30s, used the alias Big Bad Wolf to share images and videos of the abuse online. He was arrested in Venezuela a year ago with a fake identity card after five years on the run. During the trial, Sánchez Latorre pleaded guilty to sexually abusing 276 boys and girls. Prosecutors…

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Drink-driver who went wrong way on M4 near Reading jailed

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFootage shows police clipping Lee Johnson’s van A man who drove the wrong way down a motorway while more than three times the drink-drive limit has been jailed. Lee Johnson, 44, steered his red Citroen van against the run of traffic on the M4 near Reading. Police brought him to a stop by clipping his vehicle with a patrol car on 15 December. Johnson, of Colman Road in London, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing and was sentenced at Reading Crown Court…

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Tunisia attacks: Militants jailed over 2015 terror

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The 38 people killed in the Sousse attack were mostly British tourists Seven jihadists have been sentenced to life in prison in Tunisia over gun and grenade attacks at a museum and a beach resort in 2015. Sixty people, mostly tourists, died in the attacks and many were wounded. Other defendants received lesser prison terms, but 27 were acquitted. The first attack on the Bardo Museum in Tunis in March 2015 killed 22 people. Three months later, 38 tourists, most of them British, were shot…

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Birmingham burglar who had sex with corpse jailed

Image copyright West Midlands Police Image caption Kasim Khuram admitted having sex with a body in December A burglar who had sex with a corpse after breaking into a funeral parlour has been jailed for six years. Kasim Khuram, 23, had sex with a woman’s body after lifting the lids of coffins at the Co-Operative undertakers in Walsall Road, Great Barr, Birmingham, on 11 November. Khuram disturbed nine coffins during a drug-induced psychosis. Sentencing at Birmingham Crown Court, Judge Melbourne Inman QC said the crimes “offend all human sensitivity”. “I…

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Woman, 79, jailed for neighbour harassment

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionCCTV shows Neal pushing over her neighbour’s plant pots A 79-year-old woman has been jailed for 28 days following what officials have described as a “campaign of intimidation” against her neighbours. Kathleen Neal, of Castle Donington, Leicestershire, sprayed weed killer and poured urine on to plants belonging to her neighbour Susan Brookes. CCTV shows Neal pushing over her neighbour’s plant pots, having removed a fence panel. She was sentenced in her absence at Nottingham County Court on Monday. Neal was also ordered…

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Wife of jailed Bahraini footballer begs Thai PM for his release

BANGKOK (Reuters) – The wife of jailed Bahraini footballer Hakeem Al Araibi pleaded with Thailand’s prime minister on Wednesday to ensure he is not extradited to his native country, saying he faces torture there and should be sent back to asylum in Australia. FILE PHOTO: Hakeem Al Araibi, a former member of Bahrain’s national soccer team who holds a refugee status in Australia arrives at court after he was arrested last month on arrival at a Bangkok airport based on an Interpol notice issued at Bahrain’s request, in Bangkok, Thailand…

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