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Nine acquitted over model murder
A court in the Indian capital, Delhi, has acquitted nine people in connection with the murder of a fashion model seven years ago.

The model, Jessica Lal, was shot dead in a restaurant where she was working as a bartender.

Eyewitnesses at the time alleged that she was shot dead by the main accused in the case, Manu Sharma, after she refused to serve him a drink.

But a judge dismissed the case on Tuesday for insufficient evidence.

The eyewitnesses later retracted their statement and the judge said the case presented by the prosecution had several loopholes.

Mr Sharma is the son of a minister in the government in the northern state of Haryana.

The murder which took place in one of Delhi's most fashionable restaurants, Tamarind Court, shocked the capital and triggered a debate on the morals of the rich and famous.

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