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Afghan man convicted in drug case

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Afghan Man Convicted in Drug case

An Afghan citizen U.S. prosecutors alleged was once one of the world's biggest heroin suppliers was convicted of drug distribution and narco-terrorism charges Tuesday in the District of Columbia's federal court.

Haji Bagcho, who is in his 60s and faces a mandatory minimum of 20 years in prison at his sentencing in June, said nothing as jurors found him guilty of three of four charges related to heroin trafficking and support of the Taliban. He was acquitted of one heroin distribution charge.

It was Bagcho's second trial on the charges; in November, jurors deadlocked on all counts.

Prosecutors Matthew Stiglitz and Marlon Cobar, who declined to comment after the verdict, alleged that Bagcho ran his organization from a palatial compound in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province, near the border with Pakistan. He was arrested in 2009.

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.

Jury gets Rutgers webcam spying case

Jurors will begin deliberations today in the case of a former Rutgers University student accused of using a webcam to spy on his roommate's intimate encounter with another man. Closing arguments were made Tuesday.

There's no dispute that Dharun Ravi saw a brief moment of a video stream showing his roommate, Tyler Clementi, and another man during a private encounter. It will be up to a jury to determine whether that, and his other actions, constitute the 15 crimes with which Ravi is charged.

Clementi committed suicide by jumping off the George Washington Bridge days after the alleged spying in September 2010.

Detroit

City officials criticize state's oversight plan

With Detroit expected to run out of cash this spring, state officials in Michigan proposed a restructuring deal with the city leaders Tuesday that would establish a joint advisory board to address the city's financial troubles without a state-appointed emergency manager.

The proposal was framed by Gov. Rick Snyder's office. A number of Detroit officials, including Mayor Dave Bing, voiced displeasure with the proposal and indicated they were unlikely to approve it without changes.

Israel

Mideast violence ebbs as truce takes effect

Israel halted airstrikes against Gaza Strip militants on Tuesday and rocket fire from the Palestinian territory ebbed as a cease-fire ending four days of clashes appeared to be taking effect.

Both sides indicated they have no interest in seeing the fighting spiral into all-out war, and an Egyptian security official reported that Egypt had brokered a truce. There was no official truce announcement from Israel or Gaza's Hamas rulers.

At least 24 Palestinians, including four civilians, were killed.

Elsewhere

Little Rock, Ark: A 9-year-old girl was responsible for the shooting death of her 7-year-old brother at the family's apartment while their parents briefly left to sign paperwork at a nearby leasing office, police said Tuesday. Under state law, a child younger than 10 years old cannot be charged with an offense, said Dorcy Corbin, a lawyer who specializes in juvenile defense.

Haiti: Two United Nations peacekeepers in Haiti have been sentenced to a year in prison with hard labor after a rare trial found them guilty of sexual abuse and exploitation, a U.N. spokeswoman said Tuesday. The Pakistani policemen were convicted by a Pakistani military court.

Times wires

Afghan man convicted in drug case

03/14/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 14, 2012 12:31am]

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