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April Casburn , a senior British counterterrorism detective, tried to sell information. Associated Press
April Casburn , a senior British counterterrorism detective, tried to sell information. Associated Press
Posted: February 02, 2013

Officer gets jail in hacking case

LONDON - A senior police officer received a 15-month term in prison Friday, the first person sentenced in the wide-ranging phone-hacking inquiry in Britain. Detective Chief Inspector April Casburn was convicted last month of illegally attempting to sell information to a tabloid journalist in 2010.

Judge Adrian Fulford called her actions "a corrupt attempt to make money out of sensitive and potentially very damaging information," according to a BBC report.

Scotland Yard, where Casburn had headed the counterterrorism squad at the time of her offense, issued a statement expressing its "great disappointment" that she "abused her position."

During her trial, Casburn spoke of her unhappiness at work and anger that counterterrorist officers were diverted to investigate accusations that the now-defunct News of the World tabloid had made extensive use of phone hacking to gain news scoops. The tabloid did not buy her information and no money changed hands, the court heard.

- Los Angeles Times

Sunnis urged to take up arms

BAGHDAD - Tens of thousands of Sunni protesters blocked a major highway in western Iraq on Friday, as an al-Qaeda-affiliated group called on Sunnis to take up arms against the Shiite-led government.

The rally comes at a time of mounting sectarian tensions in Iraq. Minority Sunnis complain of official discrimination against them, and the arrests of bodyguards of a senior Sunni politician in December have sparked weekly demonstrations.

The main rallies Friday took place in Fallujah and Ramadi, cities that straddle the highway running through Anbar province. Protesters also marched in the capital Baghdad and in the central city of Samarra.

On Friday, an al-Qaeda-affiliated group, the Islamic State of Iraq, called on Sunnis to resort to violence against the government. Sunnis can either bow to Shiites or take up arms and restore "dignity and freedom," said spokesman Mohammed al-Adnani in an audio statement posted on the group's website. - AP

Seven slashed in Vancouver

VANCOUVER, British Columbia - A man ran through the hallways of a Vancouver apartment building Thursday night, slashing seven people in what police believe was a random attack.

Sgt. Randy Fincham said Friday that the attack occurred in a high-rise building on the city's west end. Six people were taken to the hospital, and one woman remained in critical condition. Another person was treated at the scene.

The 33-year-old suspect, who was not a resident of the building, was taken into custody Thursday night. - AP

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