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SOMAIA: TYCOON GETS EIGHT YEARS FOR £13.5 FRAUD


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A business tycoon who fleeced wealthy investors out of £13.5million was jailed for eight years today (TUES) after the largest ever private prosecution in English legal history.

Ketan Somaia, 52, wooed his victims with luxury trips on private Learjets, champagne parties, extravagant dinners and expenses paid trips to Dubai, Kenya and South Africa.

The Kenyan businessman, dubbed 'King Con', boasted about his connections to the billionaire Hinduja brothers while showing off his plush office in Mayfair and a palatial home in the exclusive north London suburb of Hadley Wood.

In reality Somaia was shamelessly exploiting his unwitting victims to get his hands on their money to sustain his luxurious lifestyle and prop up his failing businesses.

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July 22, 2014

HALL: METALS MAGNATE JAILED OVER £3M IN BRIBES


cnl_b_hall_web_copy1.jpgTOTTING

A metals magnate who took £3m in bribes while working for an aluminium smelting company in the Middle East has been jailed for 16 months.

Bruce Hall, 61, former chief executive officer of Aluminium Bahrain BSC (Alba), claims he was paid the kickbacks by billionaire friend of Tony Blair, Victor Dahdaleh.

But Dahdaleh was cleared in December last year after the Serious Fraud Office were forced to drop the case because of changes in Hall's evidence.

Hall siphoned the cash through his Swiss bank account and offshore companies between 2002 and 2005, Southwark Crown Court heard.


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  July 22, 2014

TULISA CLAIMS MAZHER MAHMOOD 'HINTED AT SEX FOR PAYMENT'


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Journalist Mazher Mahmood hinted at ‘sex for payment’ during his botched sting on singer Tulisa Contostavlos, court documents have revealed.

The former X-Factor judge suspected her personal psychic was recruited by The Sun to ‘influence events’ and trust the ‘Fake Sheikh’ Mazher Mahmood as he set her up for drug dealing.

She also believes her drink was spiked as Mahmood plied her with tequilas during a binge at a central London hotel.

Tulisa was cleared of helping to supply Mahmood half an ounce of cocaine worth £800 to secure a Hollywood role.


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July 22, 2014

ANWAR: SURGEON STRUCK OFF FOR EXPOSING HIMSELF ON BUS


DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY

A surgeon who exposed himself to a female passenger during an overnight coach trip then claimed she had seen his thumb was struck off today (Tue).

Dr Ihab Anwar covered his privates with a blanket and pretended to be asleep as he raised and angled his pelvis towards her during the eight hour journey from London to Glasgow.

But the shocked woman, who is married with children, saw the doctor's manhood as the covers slipped off him.

Anwar quickly zipped himself up and tried to stop the woman, originally from Ghana, from leaving her seat before she alerted the bus driver.


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  July 22, 2014

SPOONER: 'I'LL CUT YOUR BALLS OFF', KIDNAP VICTIM TOLD


LEIGH-ON-SEA; HORNCHURCH

A cannabis farmer kidnapped his drinking buddy and threatened to chop off his testicles over £10,000 worth of missing drugs, the Old Bailey heard.

Darren Spooner, 32, bundled his friend and landlord Lee Runeckles into a car and drove him into the woods before demanding to know where the stash had gone, it is said.

One of the men with Spooner then told Mr Runeckles: ‘I’m going to cut your balls off unless you tell us.’

The terrified Mr Runeckles was also punched repeatedly in the face and told he would be stabbed if he did not pay £10,000 within 24 hours, jurors were told.


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