France convicts Roma families of forcing children to rob
NANCY, France (AFP) - A French court on Friday convicted 26 members of three Croatian Roma families of forcing children to carry out more than 100 robberies in European countries.
The court in the eastern city of Nancy convicted all but one of the 27 accused, sentencing them to between two and eight years in prison.
Police had testified during the trial that the gang traded in women and used children like conscripts in a criminal army.
Judges did not however follow prosecutors' recommendations for some of the accused to face the maximum sentence of 10 years.