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Bollywood star Salman Khan convicted in a poaching case

Updated at 2:07 a.m., Thursday, April 5, 2018

NEW DELHI (AP) – Bollywood star Salman Khan was sentenced on Thursday for hunting rare deer in a nature reserve two decades ago and could face up to six years of prison. [19659022] The busy actor claims that he did not shoot the two Blackbuck deer in India's western reserve in 1998 and was acquitted in related cases.

He was in court for the ruling in the western city of Jodhpur, and can appeal the conviction in a higher court.

Four other stars also charged in the case – Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Tabu and Neelam – were acquitted. They were in the jeep that was believed to be driving Salman Khan during the hunt. Tabu and Neelam both use only one name.

Chief Judge Dev Kumar Khatri heard the arguments of the lawyers on Thursday to decide Khan's sentence.

He had been sentenced to one and five years imprisonment in related cases before being acquitted by the courts of appeal for lack of evidence.

Blackbuck is an endangered species protected under the Wildlife Act of India.

Khan has had other problems with the law.

In 2014, the Supreme Court of Mumbai acquitted him in a case of drunk driving, charging and fleeing.

The judges found that prosecutors failed to prove wrongful death charges, in which they accused Khan of driving intoxicated in 2002 and running over five men sleeping on a sidewalk, killing one of them.

The state government of Maharashtra, of which Mumbai is the capital, has challenged its acquittal in the Supreme Court.

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