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Saddam musician jailed for Australian burglaries

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) – A wedding musician who once served as a music teacher to former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein has been jailed in Australia for burglarizing the homes of two women.

Esam Moshi pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary and recklessly causing injury and was sentenced Friday to five years in jail over the 2010 incidents.

Victorian County Court Judge Michael Bourke said Moshi grew up in Baghdad and taught music to Hussein and Hussein’s family. Bourke says Moshi and his family moved to Australia after Hussein’s regime fell.

Bourke said Moshi talked his way into the Melbourne homes of both an 87-year-old woman and a 60-year-old woman and shoved both to the floor during the separate burglaries.

He will be eligible for parole in three years.

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