Court acquits Bollywood star of murder charges

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A court in India has acquitted Bollywood superstar, Salman Khan, of murder charges, quashing a five-year sentence earlier handed by a judge in a lower court in May.

The movie star was accused of crashing his car into a group of homeless persons near his home in 2002, killing one of them.

During trial, Mr. Khan denied being behind the wheel during the incident.

He said his driver was the one driving, while prosecutors said he was the one driving after a night of drinking in the city of Mumbai.

The driver also told the court that he was the one driving the Toyota Land Cruiser on the night and that the accident was caused by a tyre burst.

The appeal court on Thursday agreed with the defence, saying the prosecution has failed to convince it that Mr. Khan was the one behind the wheel.


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