Indian actor Sanjay Dutt sentenced in weapons case

NEW DELHI (AP) - India's Supreme Court has sentenced Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt to five years in jail for illegal weapons possession in a case linked to a 1993 bombing that killed 257 people in Mumbai.

The court on Thursday ordered Dutt to surrender to police within four weeks on the charge of possessing three automatic rifles and a pistol that had been supplied to him by men subsequently convicted in the bombing.

The actor's case was part of a sprawling Mumbai bombings trial that has dragged on for 18 years. Dutt maintains he knew nothing about the bomb plot and that he asked for the guns to protect his family after receiving threats during sectarian riots in Mumbai.

Dutt had served 18 months in jail in 2007.


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