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Jail terms over death of Chad leader's son Brahim Deby

BBC News A French court has jailed four men over an attack in which the son of Chadian President Idriss Deby died near Paris in 2007.

The four were found guilty of 'robbery leading to death without intention to kill'. They received prison sentences ranging from five to 13 years.

Brahim Deby was found dead in the car park of his block of flats.

The 27-year-old had choked to death after being sprayed with chemicals from a fire extinguisher."

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The Namibian Newspaper: "THE High Court yesterday ordered the immediate release of a 12-year-old boy who became Namibia's youngest sentenced prison inmate after receiving a six-month jail term for housebreaking and theft at Karasburg in October.

In a review judgement handed down by Judge Elton Hoff, Acting Judge Claus Hinrichsen set aside the boy's conviction and sentence and ordered his immediate release from detention.

Judge Hoff agreed with Acting Judge Hinrichsen's decision, which was based on the principle that a child as young as the boy is presumed not to be criminally liable, especially where he had been involved in a crime while under the influence and instructions of a much older person.
The boy was sentenced to six months' imprisonment on October 19, after he had been convicted in the Karasburg Magistrate's Court on a charge of housebreaking with intent to steal and theft."