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Farmers Jailed Over Pig Semen Smuggled in Shampoo Bottles

August 14, 2019 |

Two pig farmers have been jailed in Australia over their role in illegally importing pig semen disguised as shampoo. GD Pork managing director Torben Soerensen was sentenced to three years in prison; production manager Henning Laue was sentenced to two years. Both men were accused of aiding in a scheme…
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Jailed Saudi activist rejects deal to deny torture for release, says family

August 14, 2019 |

Jailed Saudi women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul has rejected a release deal that would have granted her freedom in exchange for denying that she was subjected to torture, according to her family.
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Man who poisoned colleagues’ sandwiches jailed for life

March 9, 2019 |

A court in Germany has sentenced a 57-year-old man to life imprisonment for poisoning his colleagues’ sandwiches.
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5 Years After ‘Texting Suicide,’ Michelle Carter Jailed

February 11, 2019 |

A Massachusetts woman who sent her suicidal boyfriend a barrage of text messages urging him to kill himself was jailed Monday on an involuntary manslaughter conviction nearly five years after he died in a truck filled with toxic gas, the AP reports. Michelle Carter was sentenced to 15 months in…
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Jailed Auto Boss Says Execs Plotted Against Him

January 31, 2019 |

Jailed former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn says he’s the innocent victim of treacherous rivals at the company. In an interview with Nikkei Asian Review —his first since his Nov. 19 arrest—Ghosn said he is certain the financial misconduct charges against him are the result of “plot and treason” by…
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Mastermind Who Planned Iceland’s Biggest Bitcoin Heist Jailed for 4.5 Years

January 22, 2019 |

Last year, Sindri Stefansson was arrested for his part in what has been described as the biggest heist Iceland has seen – over $ 2 million worth of Bitcoin mining equipment stolen in an operation that left police baffled. He has now been jailed for four and a half years along with his team of thieves. 

Also read: Iceland’s ‘Big Bitcoin Heist’: Suspects Charged With Over $ 2M in Stolen Mining Rigs

‘Big Bitcoin Heist’

Sindri Por Stefansson hit headlines last year after managing to escape from his jail cell following his arrest for stealing millions of dollars of mining equipment. Local media have since reported that he was sentenced to four-and-a-half years’ imprisonment last week. His six other partners in crime were jailed for a total of nine years and seven months. Advania, the mining company that the gear was stolen from, received over $ 200,000 in compensation.

Mastermind Who Planned Iceland's Biggest Bitcoin Heist Jailed for 4.5 Years

The crime, dubbed the ‘Big Bitcoin Heist’ by the media, saw the men steal over 600 mining computers from Advania. The equipment has yet to be recovered. Stefansson managed to escape from Sogn prison and board a flight to Stockholm at the international airport in Keflavik. According to police, he was using someone else’s passport. In an even stranger twist, Stefansson found himself on the same plane as the country’s prime minister while on the run. He was later arrested in Amsterdam.

In an interview with the New York Times, Stefansson said he was looking at international flights on his phone – which weren’t prohibited in his prison – before he booked one and climbed out of his low-security jail cell window. After hitchhiking to Keflavik, he grabbed a plane from the country’s largest airport to Stockholm and from there got to Amsterdam via train, bus and taxi.

Not the First Heist

Stefansson’s case made headlines around the world because low-crime Iceland, with its population of little over 338,000, is a difficult place to be a fugitive – let alone flee from. In the heist, Stefansson and his crew were reportedly able to steal 225 fully functional Bitmain mining rigs with the help of an insider, and wore security uniforms as part of their deception.

It wasn’t their first attempt to steal from bitcoin miners, either. In December 2017 the group had stolen 100 mining rigs from Algrim Consulting and later tried to steal from the Borealis Data Center (BDC), but were unable to get away with their haul after they set off an alarm. Police revealed the group also tried to steal from BDC Mines a couple of days later but again failed, though were successful at the Borgarnes mining facility. There was a further attempt at BDC Mines but alarms again foiled their plans. Iceland has become a hotspot for bitcoin and cryptocurrency mining due its large amount of renewable energy and cold weather which helps keeps computers cool.

What do you think about the Icelandic mining thieves and their sentencing? Let us know what you think about this subject in the comment section below.


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Jailed Nissan Exec: I’ll Pay for My Own Ankle Monitor

January 21, 2019 |

Former auto exec Carlos Ghosn made another long-shot appeal for bail on Monday, one that came with an unusual twist: He offered to pay for his own ankle bracelet as well as security guards to keep an eye on him, reports the Wall Street Journal . Ghosn, the former chairman of…
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Jailed mother begins hunger strike as husband says she was ‘pushed to spy for Iran’

January 15, 2019 |

A British-Iranian woman who has been jailed in Iran since 2016 began a hunger strike Monday in a desperate attempt to receive medical treatment, as her husband said that prison guards had asked her to spy on the UK in return for her freedom.
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Jailed Huawei CFO’s bail decision pushed to Tuesday as tensions persist

December 11, 2018 |

The chief financial officer of Chinese tech company Huawei will have to wait another day to learn if she’ll be let go on bail.
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