Nine-year sentence for Hoxha

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TIRANA (Reuter) - Nexhmije Hoxha, the 71-year-old widow of the former Albanian Communist leader, Enver Hoxha, was sentenced to nine years in jail for embezzlement yesterday, the first conviction of a member of Albania's former ruling elite.

She was convicted for lining her pockets to finance a luxury lifestyle while the rest of the country was living in dire poverty. Hoxha received the verdict impassively, then smiled and waved to her sons.