Belfast militant jailed for extortion

A senior figure in the outlawed Ulster Defense Association, the major Protestant gang in Northern Ireland, received a nine-year prison sentence Friday for extortion and intimidation of a pub owner. Andre Shoukri, the former commander of UDA units in north Belfast, was convicted of 18 criminal counts after undercover police observed him over months demanding money from the pub owner and threatening to put her out of business if she failed to comply. Full Story

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