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Bollywood star Salman Khan sentenced to five years for poaching

Khan was found guilty of violating the country’s wildlife law in a case of poaching a blackbuck, an endangered species of antelope.

Bollywood actor Salman Khan arrives at a court to hear the verdict in the long-running wildlife poaching case against him in Jodhpur on 5 April, 2018. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Bollywood movie star Salman Khan has been sentenced to five years in prison after an Indian court found him guilty of poaching in a case dating back to 1998.

Khan was found guilty of violating the country’s wildlife law in a case of poaching a blackbuck, an endangered species of antelope.

Thursday’s ruling is not Khan’s first brush with the law. In 2015, the Bombay High Court overturned his conviction in a hit-and-run case in which he was accused of running over a group of people sleeping on a city sidewalk, killing one and injuring four.

Khan has churned out a series of blockbuster hits in the last few years. Some of his releases in 2017 were big-ticket films that pulled in billions of rupees at the box-office.

Additional reporting by Reuters.