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Bollywood star Salman Khan sentenced to five years in prison
Indian actor Salman Khan has been sentenced to five years imprisonment and a fine of 10,000 rupees (125 euros) for poaching. A court in the northwest Indian city of Jodhpur found the 52-year-old guilty of having shot two red deer antelopes in 1998, according to the prosecutor Mahipal Bishnoi. In India, the rare animals are under species protection.
Khan's lawyers had argued that the red deer antelope died of natural causes. There is no evidence that she was shot down.
Under species protection: the stag goat antelope
Postponement of detention due to slow judiciary?
Whether Khan really has to go to jail is still open. He can appeal the judgment. Because the Indian judicial system is notoriously slow, in this case at least a delay in the prison sentence could be expected.
Bollywood stars Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Tabu and Neelam Kothari, who were also accused of participating in the hunting expedition, were acquitted for lack of evidence.
Actors with multiple charges
In 2006 and 2007, Salman Khan was convicted of poaching and spent a few days behind bars. He was released on bail and the sentences were overturned in 2016 due to lack of evidence.
In May 2015, the star was also sentenced to five years in prison for a drunk driving resulting in death. The judge's verdict was negligent homicide and hit-and-run. Khan himself always protested his innocence and obtained a reprieve on bail. He also appealed the judgment.
Blockbuster movie poster "Bajrangi Bhaijan" starring Salman Khan
The controversial actor has been a top earner in Indian cinema since the 1990s and has starred in some of the most successful Bollywood blockbusters including "Tiger Zinda Hai", "Bajrangi Bhaijaan" and "Hum Aapke Hain Koun ...!" .
Because his films usually guarantee good box office results, imprisonment would hit the film industry hard, explains Komal Natha, an industry expert, to the AFP news agency.
Salman Khan is currently in front of the camera for "Race 3". But it is questionable whether he will be able to finish the film.
bb / pg (dpa, AFP)
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