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Two men have been arrested by police investigating the deaths of two people who may have taken contaminated ecstasy tablets.

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One of the two Luqman brothers being hunted in Pakistan for defrauding Barclays Bank out of £100m has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years in his absence.

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