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Former Bosnian fighter Azra Basic jailed 14 years for war crimes

Former Bosnian fighter Azra Basic jailed 14 years for war crimes

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Dec. 27 (UPI) -- A court in Bosnia sentenced a former female fighter known as the "mistress of life and death" to 14 years in prison for war crimes on Wednesday.Azra Basic was handed the sentence after being found guilty of taking part in the killings, torture and inhumane treatment of Serb civilians and prisoners of war during the Balkan war in 1992.The court determined Basic murdered a restrained prisoner named Blagoja Djuras at the Yugoslav People's Army Hall in Derventa, by stabbing him in the neck.It was also found she ordered prisoners to remove their shoes and clothing, eat money, walk barefoot on glass and lick blood off Djuras's dead body.The sentence handed to the 58-year-old Basic is the most severe given to a woman for atrocities committed during the Bosnian conflict.During the...
Ex Volkswagen executive jailed in US amid diesel scandal

Ex Volkswagen executive jailed in US amid diesel scandal

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A former Volkswagen executive has been sentenced to seven years in prison and a $ 400,000 (£298,778) fine, after admitting he helped the firm evade clean-air laws.Oliver Schmidt, 48, is the second person to receive jail time in the US over the diesel emissions scandal.Volkswagen first admitted in September 2015 that it had used illegal software to cheat US emissions tests. It has spent as much as $ 30bn to address US claims.US prosecutors say Volkswagen installed special software in certain diesel vehicles that allowed them to perform better during emissions tests than they did under normal driving conditions. VW emissions cheat bill hits $ 30bnVolkswagen: The scandal explainedVW papers shed light on emissions scandalDiesel cars: What's all the fuss about?The emissions were sometimes 30 ti
Ratko Mladic jailed for life over Bosnia war genocide

Ratko Mladic jailed for life over Bosnia war genocide

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceFormer Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic has been jailed for life for genocide and other atrocities in the 1990s Bosnian war.Known as the "Butcher of Bosnia", Mladic led forces during the massacre of Bosnian Muslims (Bosniaks) in Srebrenica and the siege of Sarajevo.The UN tribunal in The Hague convicted him on 10 of the 11 charges.Mladic, 74, was not in court when the sentence was read out. He had been removed for shouting at the judges."It's a lie. Everything you said in this courtroom is a lie," he said.The outburst came after the judges rejected a request by his team to halt the proceedings because of Mladic's high blood pressure. Mladic has denied all the charges and his lawyer said he would appeal.Profile: The "Butcher of Bosnia"What is t...
Fraudsters jailed for £107m 'cynical' green tax scam

Fraudsters jailed for £107m 'cynical' green tax scam

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Six men who orchestrated an "audacious and cynical" tax fraud have been jailed for between 11 years and 20 months.They persuaded wealthy people to invest in environmental projects in exchange for tax breaks, but then used the money to fund lavish lifestyles, buying overseas property and luxury holidays.HM Revenue & Customs said it could have lost up to £107m as a result.HMRC's Simon York said the men showed "complete disregard" for the ecological causes they claimed to be supporting."These individuals thought they had worked out the perfect fraud," he said, adding that work had started to recover the proceeds of their crime.'Bare-faced dishonesty'HMRC said the group, led by "self-styled ringleader" and scientist Michael Richards, enticed 730 high earners to invest in research and devel
'Godman' who raped women jailed for 10 years

'Godman' who raped women jailed for 10 years

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A self-styled "godman" who was found guilty of raping two women has been jailed for 10 years by a judge in India.Violent protests had broken out after spiritual guru Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was convicted last week - killing at least 38 people and injuring hundreds more.More follows...Let's block ads! (Why?) World News - Breaking international news and headlines | Sky News