On 20 January, according to press reports, C. Gregory Turner, a 72-year-old resident of Chicago’s South Side, was sentenced to 15 months in prison for accepting payments from blocked officials of the Republic of Zimbabwe to lobby against sanctions. He had been convicted by a jury on 10 October 2014.  Apparently, Turner and another Chicago resident, Prince Asiel Ben Israel, had succeeded in persuading  the Zimbabwean officials to pay them $2.3 million based on the claim that they had influence with President Obama and other US government officials. Ben Israel pleaded guilty in April 2014 and was sentenced to seven months in prison.

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