NATION IN BRIEF
Ex-Leader of Ukraine Sentenced to Prison
SAN FRANCISCO -- Former Ukrainian prime minister Pavlo Lazarenko was sentenced Friday to nine years in federal prison for money laundering, wire fraud and extortion.
The sentence, which also included $10 million in fines, was half of the maximum sought by prosecutors, who said Lazarenko misused his office in the former Soviet republic to get rich.
Lazarenko, 53, was the first former head of government to be tried in the United States since Manuel Noriega of Panama. A jury in U.S. District Court convicted Lazarenko in June 2004, and he has since been under house arrest at an undisclosed location in lieu of $86 million bail.
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