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Simpson freed on bail.

LAS VEGAS: O J Simpson was freed from a Las Vegas jail yesterday, after spending five nights behind bars for trying to contact a defendant in an armed-robbery case that could send him to prison for life.

The former US football star posted the $250,000 (BD94,500) bail that had been imposed earlier in the day by an angry judge, and was driven off in a white Mercedes-Benz amid tight security at the Clark County Detention Centre. He was dressed in the same clothes he had been wearing when he was arrested.

Simpson, famously acquitted in 1995 of murdering his ex-wife, has been charged with leading a robbery last year to get back his own sports memorabilia.

Clark County District Court Judge Jackie Glass, scolding him for arrogance or ignorance, doubled Simpson's bail and told him to put his Florida home up as additional surety.

Glass ruled Simpson, 60, had violated the terms of bail set in November at $125,000 (BD47,250) when he left a profanity laced telephone message for one of his co-defendants with his bail bondsman.

The message, which Simpson's lawyers said they did not dispute, was seen as a bid to dissuade the co-defendant from co-operating with authorities.

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Publication:Gulf Daily News (Manama, Bahrain)
Date:May 1, 2008
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