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Tuesday, 31 July, 2001, 14:58 GMT 15:58 UK
Former Pakistan intelligence chief sentenced
A former intelligence chief in Pakistan has been sentenced to eight years imprisonment for corruption.

The official, retired Brigadier Imtiaz Billa, who was director-general of the Intelligence Bureau during Nawaz Shariff's first government, was found guilty of large-scale corruption and misappropriation of funds.

His son, Nadeem Imtiaz, who was earlier declared an absconder, was also found guilty of corruption and sentenced to a three-year jail term in absentia.

Brigadier Imtiaz Billa served in the army-run Inter-services Intelligence and later as head of the civilian Intelligence Bureau.

He was arrested after the military seized power in October 1999.

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