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'Pharma Bro' Shkreli sent to jail for offensive Facebook post against Hillary Clinton

Shkreli was dubbed the "most hated man in America" for ratcheting up the price of an HIV drug. Photograph: (Reuters)

WION Web Team Delhi, India Sep 14, 2017, 06.38 AM (IST)

Martin Shkreli, once dubbed "the most hated man in America" when his company jacked up the price of an HIV drug, has been sent to jail for offering $5,000 for a strand of Hillary Clinton's hair. 

The 34-year-old former CEO of a pharmaceutical company had been convicted of securities fraud last month.  

He was out on a $5 million bail while awaiting sentencing in the case.

Shkreli apologised to the judge for his "poor judgment". He added that he "never intended to cause alarm or promote any act of violence".

The judge, however,  ruled that online threats constituted "solicitation of assault" and posed a danger to the community, AFP reported.

Shkreli will remain behind bars until his sentencing hearing on January 16 next year, according to AFP.

(With inputs from AFP)

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