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Georgia Convicts Four Of Bride-Snatching

BATUMI, Georgia -- A court in Georgia's Ajara region has convicted four men of bride-snatching.

The Batumi City Court on August 18 found all four defendants guilty of depriving a person of liberty and illegally possessing a firearm.

One of the defendants was also found guilty of using illegal drugs.

He was sentenced to eight years in prison. The other three were each sentenced to seven years in prison.

The bride-snatching took place in the town of Kobuleti, on the Black Sea coast, in November.

In her testimony in the courtroom, the victim said she was abducted by one of the defendants at gunpoint, but managed to send a message from her mobile phone to her sister.

Police arrested the man and his three associates, who assisted him in the crime.

With reporting by Batumelebi