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Chad's ex-dictator granted home arrest amid virus threat

Apr. 7, 2020 6:14 AM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre has been granted 60 days of home arrest by Senegal’s justice ministry because of the threat of COVID-19 in the prison where he is serving a life sentence. Habre, 78, is at greater risk because of the large number of arrested people taken to...

In this file picture taken on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, Miroslav Marcek, one of the suspected shooters in the slaying of an investigative journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancee Martina Kusnirova sits in a courtroom ahead of the trial in Pezinok, Slovakia. On Monday April 6, 2020, a court in Slovakia has convicted Miroslav Marcek, a former soldier, of murder of an investigative journalist and his fiancee and sentenced him to 23 years in prison. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek/File)

Defendant in Slovak reporter's slaying sentenced to 23 years

Apr. 6, 2020 11:01 AM EDT

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — A Slovakian court on Moday sentenced a former soldier to 23 years in prison for the alleged contract killings of an investigative journalist and his fiancee, a case that triggered a political crisis and brought down the country’s government. The court in the town of...

Cuba gives prominent dissident house arrest, reads sentence

Apr. 3, 2020 10:54 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Cuban dissident José Daniel Ferrer was placed under house arrest Friday after a court sentenced him to 4 1/2 years for assault and kidnapping but released him from the prison where he had spent the past half year. Ferrer, a strong opponent of the island’s communist government, is...

Man accused of killing US journalist to stay in prison

Apr. 3, 2020 5:42 AM EDT

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani provincial government Friday ordered a British Pakistani man whose conviction in the kidnapping and killing of a U.S. journalist was overturned to remain in custody for three months. The Superintendent of Karachi's Central Prison, Hasan Sehtoo, said he received an...

FILE - In this April 15, 2007, file photo, Dr. Judea Pearl, father of American journalist Daniel Pearl, who was killed by terrorists in 2002, speaks in Miami Beach, Fla. A Pakistani court on Thursday, April 2, 2020, overturned the murder conviction of a British Pakistani man found guilty of the kidnapping and murder of Wall Street journalist Daniel Pearl.  (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

Pakistan court overturns conviction in death of Daniel Pearl

Apr. 2, 2020 3:16 PM EDT

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani court on Thursday overturned the murder conviction of a British Pakistani man found guilty of the 2002 kidnapping and killing of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. Instead, the court found Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh guilty of the lesser charge of kidnapping and...

This undated photo provided by the Dallas County Sheriff's Department shows William Neil Gallagher. Gallagher, a financial consultant and radio host who stole more than $20 million from investors, has been sentenced to 25 years behind bars after reaching a plea agreement with Dallas County prosecutors. Gallagher, pleaded guilty Friday, March, 10, 2020,to one count each of theft of more than $300,000, money laundering of more than $300,000 and securities fraud of more than $100,000. (Dallas County Sheriff's Department via AP)

Radio host gets 25 years in Ponzi scheme targeting listeners

Apr. 2, 2020 2:28 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — A Texas radio host and financial consultant who admitted to conning elderly listeners out of millions of dollars in a Ponzi scheme was sentenced to 25 years in prison. The sentence was imposed as part of a plea deal that William Neil “Doc” Gallagher, 79, agreed to on Friday with...

FILE - In this April 3, 2019, file photo, Manuel and Elizabeth Henriquez arrive at federal court in Boston to face charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. Henriquez and her husband were charged with paying $400,000 in bribes to get their oldest daughter into Georgetown as a bogus tennis recruit in 2016. They also paid bribes to have someone cheat on their daughters' college entrance exams, authorities said. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Mother sentenced to 7 months in college admissions scam

Mar. 31, 2020 1:11 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A California woman was sentenced Tuesday to seven months in prison for paying bribes to rig her two daughters' college admissions exams and get one of them into Georgetown University as a fake tennis recruit. In an unusual hearing held via videoconference due to the coronavirus pandemic, the...

FILE - In this Thursday Feb. 3, 2011 file photo Blackfeet Nation chairman Willie Sharp talks during his State of the Tribal Nations Address at the Montana capitol in Helena, Mont. Sharp was sentenced Monday, March 30, 2020, to 10 months in prison for a scheme that stole money from a tribal early education program. (Eliza Wiley/Independent Record via AP)

Ex-Blackfeet chairman gets 10 months prison in fraud case

Mar. 30, 2020 5:26 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A former Blackfeet Nation chairman who defrauded a tribal Head Start early education program through an overtime pay scheme was sentenced Monday to 10 months in prison and his plea to be spared prison time because of the coronavirus was denied. Willie Sharp's attorney had argued the...

$2 million awarded to Missouri man wrongfully sent to prison

Mar. 30, 2020 4:23 PM EDT

TROY, Mo. (AP) — An eastern Missouri sheriff's department has reached a $2 million settlement with a man who spent more than three years in prison for his wife's killing before the conviction was overturned, his lawyers said Monday. An insurance company has agreed pay the money to Russell Faria, of Lincoln...

FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2017, file photo, Jose Maria Marin, of Brazil, arrives to federal court in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Marin, the former head of Brazilian soccer, was granted compassionate release from a U.S. federal prison on Monday, March 30, 2020, amid the new coronavirus pandemic, his sentence cut short by about eight months. Marin was sentenced to four years in prison in August 2018 for his participation in a scheme to accept bribes in exchange for the media and marketing rights to soccer tournaments. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, Fle)

Prison sentence of Brazil soccer executive Marin cut short

Mar. 30, 2020 3:29 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The former head of Brazilian soccer was granted compassionate release from a U.S. federal prison on Monday amid the new coronavirus pandemic, his sentence cut short by about eight months. José Maria Marin was sentenced to four years in prison in August 2018 for his participation in a...