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Indian jailed for sending hate mail to Bush

world Updated: Dec 13, 2009 01:02 IST
Yoshita Singh

IIT alumnus Vikram Buddhi was on Saturday sentenced to four years and nine months in prison and an additional three years of supervised release by a US court for posting hate messages in 2006 against former president George W. Bush and calling for bombings of American infrastructure.

Indiana court District Judge James Moody said the supervised release would be monitored by a probation officer.

Buddhi was arrested in 2006 after being convicted of making threats to Bush, the then Vice President Dick Cheney and their wives, and calling for bombings of US infrastructure.

The 38-year-old Phd student of Purdue University, convicted in 2007, had fired his lawyer on Thursday when his sentencing hearing began. He represented himself in the court and said “the trial was unfair. I am not the kind of person the government is trying to portray”.

After the sentence, Buddhi wearing an orange prison jumpsuit, spoke for a little while with his former lawyer. He was then taken into custody and led out of the courtroom. Buddhi has a right to appeal against the judgement in a Chicago court within 10 days.