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2000s

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People in the News: 2000s

Libyan security chief, convicted of the 1988 Lockerbie bombings in 2001, released August 2009 when allegedly diagnosed with prostate cancer and given 3 months to live (still going strong Feb 2012) Click to show or hide the answer
Iraqi journalist, sentenced to 3 years in jail (later reduced to 1 year) Feb 2009 for throwing his shoe at George W. Bush Click to show or hide the answer
Former aide and dresser to the Duchess of York, convicted (2001) of killing her partner Thomas Cressman Click to show or hide the answer
Andrew Sachs' granddaughter, subject of "lewd" telephone messages left by Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross, 2008 Click to show or hide the answer
Malawian boy adopted by Madonna and Guy Ritchie, 2006 Click to show or hide the answer
Evicted half way through the first series of Big Brother, 2000 Click to show or hide the answer
Canadian pro wrestler – famous for his "crippler crossface" move – committed suicide in 2007, aged 40, after murdering his wife and their 7-year-old son Click to show or hide the answer
US illusionist and "endurance artist": stood on a pillar in New York for 35 hours, 2002; sealed inside a plexiglass cube in London for 44 days, 2003 Click to show or hide the answer
Swedish diplomat in charge of monitoring Iraq's alleged use of weapons of mass destruction, 2000–3 Click to show or hide the answer
Bishop of Southwark – and regular contributor to Thought for the Day on BBC Radio 4's Today programme – gained tabloid notoriety December 2006 for alleged over–indulgence at a function at the Irish embassy Click to show or hide the answer
Former French rugby captain (1988–95), jailed 20 years for shooting his wife dead at a party, 2006 Click to show or hide the answer
US vice president, accidentally shot his friend and political ally Harry Whittington while hunting, 2006 Click to show or hide the answer
Became the youngest to sail single–handed across the Atlantic, 2003 (from Cowes, Isle of Wight; landed in Antigua 3 days before his 16th birthday); but see Michael Perham Click to show or hide the answer
Faked his own death in a canoeing accident, near Hartlepool, 2002; turned up alive and well in Panama, 2007; subject of the BBC4 TV drama Canoe Man Click to show or hide the answer
Russian billionaire from whom shadow chancellor George Osborne was alleged to have tried to solicit a donation to the Tory party (2008) Click to show or hide the answer
Formula 1 entrepreneur, £1 million donation to Labour Party funds much publicised in 1998 when Formula 1 was excluded from legislation banning tobacco advertising in sport; named Britain's top earner, 2000 Click to show or hide the answer
Friend of Jeffrey Archer, involved in the false alibi used by Archer in his 1987 libel case which resulted in his imprisonment for perjury in 2001 Click to show or hide the answer
BBC Security Correspondent (specialising in the "War on Terror"), shot and seriously injured in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 2004 Click to show or hide the answer
Canadian ex–pat schoolteacher acquitted of having sex with underage pupils, 2002 Click to show or hide the answer
Former Eurodisney employee, appointed Chief Executive of London's Millennium Dome, 2000 Click to show or hide the answer
British teacher, jailed briefly in Sudan in 2007 (and subsequently expelled) for allowing her class to name a teddy bear Mohammed Click to show or hide the answer
BBC journalist, resigned 2003 after the Hutton Report found that he had made false claims about government dossiers relating to weapons of mass destruction in Iraq Click to show or hide the answer
Mayor of New York 1994–2001, in office at the time of 9/11/2001; awarded an honorary knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II in 2002 Click to show or hide the answer
Chief Executive of the Royal Bank of Scotland, 2000–8 – controversially awarded a £700,000 p. a. pension after taking early retirement in January 2009 – just as the bank was effectively nationalised, and one month before it announced a loss of £24.1 billion (the largest annual loss in UK corporate history) – stripped of his knighthood 2012 Click to show or hide the answer
Former US vice president, starred in a film and wrote an accompanying book (2006) about the dangers of climate change, both entitled An Inconvenient Truth Click to show or hide the answer
Top Gear presenter, survived a 300mph crash during filming, 2006 Click to show or hide the answer
Leader of Farmers for Action and the self–styled People's Fuel Lobby, 2000 Click to show or hide the answer
Fathers4Justice campaigner who appeared on the roof of Buckingham Palace dressed as Batman, 2004 Click to show or hide the answer
Family name of the Indian businessmen (brothers) whose passport application led to the sacking of Peter Mandelson in 2001 – although he was later judged to have done nothing wrong Click to show or hide the answer
Non–Celebrity who won Celebrity Big Brother, 2006 Click to show or hide the answer
Historian, lost a libel action against Penguin Books which accused him of denying the Holocaust (2000) Click to show or hide the answer
Australian wildlife expert and TV presenter, killed by a stingray barb 2006 Click to show or hide the answer
Florida pastor, denounced Islam as being "of the Devil" and planned to burn copies of the Koran outside his church on the 9th anniversary of 9/11, 2010 Click to show or hide the answer
British government weapons expert, committed suicide 2003 after being wrongly implicated in the Iraqi Weapons of Mass Destruction scandal by BBC journalist Andrew Gilligan Click to show or hide the answer
The first £1 million winner on ITV's Who wants to be a Millionaire (November 2000) Click to show or hide the answer
Surname of the British couple who tried to buy baby twins on the Internet, 2001 Click to show or hide the answer
Circus performer who became CEO of Cirque du Soleil, and paid a reported $25–35 million to go into space in 2009 Click to show or hide the answer
CEO and Chairman of Enron, 1995–2003: found guilty of fraud and corruption, following the collapse of Enron in 2001; but suffered a fatal heart attack while awaiting sentence (2006) Click to show or hide the answer
Far right candidate – president of the Front National – reached the second and final round in the 2002 French presidential election when he stood opposite Jacques Chirac (polled 18%) Click to show or hide the answer
Former Soviet spymaster, died of radiation (polonium) poisoning in London 2006 Click to show or hide the answer
ITN reporter killed by US troops in Iraq, 2003 – 2006 inquest returned a verdict of unlawful killing Click to show or hide the answer
Canadian blogger who swapped a paperclip for a house by means of 14 Internet exchanges, 2005–6 Click to show or hide the answer
US businessman, charged with perpetrating the largest investor fraud ever committed by a single individual (Dec 2008 – said to involve $50 billion) Click to show or hide the answer
Football pundit (and former player) sacked by Sky TV in 2005 following an injudicious remark involving the Asian tsunami Click to show or hide the answer
British pro–democracy activist, freed October 2000 after 415 days in solitary confinement in a Burmese jail Click to show or hide the answer
Leader of Haringey council, resigned 2008 over the 'Baby P' case Click to show or hide the answer
Indian steel magnate at the centre of Tony Blair's 'Garbagegate' troubles, 2002 Click to show or hide the answer
Daily Mail columnist, wrote a controversial article criticising the lifestyle of Stephen Gately (of Boyzone) following his death in 2009 Click to show or hide the answer
Labour Party political advisor and press officer (spin doctor) who suggested that 11 September 2001 was "a good day for burying bad news" Click to show or hide the answer
Tory candidate for Mayor of London, 2000, defeated by Ken Livingstone Click to show or hide the answer
The last surviving serviceman to have seen action in WWI – died 2009 aged 111 years 38 days Click to show or hide the answer
TV journalist to whom the Enigma coding machine was sent after its theft from Bletchley Park, 2000 Click to show or hide the answer
Wall Street Journal reporter captured and executed in Pakistan, 2002 Click to show or hide the answer
Jeffrey Archer's personal assistant, who claimed that he had fabricated an alibi in his 1987 libel case (resulting in his imprisonment for perjury in 2001) Click to show or hide the answer
14–year–old British boy, became the youngest person to sail single–handed across the Atlantic, 2007 Click to show or hide the answer
US–born publisher of the Spectator (nee Solomon, first married name Fortier): had a son by David Blunkett in 2002, in the course of a long–lasting (3 years?) affair, leading to his resignation as Home Secretary in 2004 Click to show or hide the answer
Haringey councillor (Cabinet member) with responsibility for children and young people – resigned 2008 over the 'Baby P' case Click to show or hide the answer
Bollywood actress at the centre of a racial abuse scandal (as victim) in Celebrity Big Brother, 2007 Click to show or hide the answer
Head of Children's Services, Haringey council, sacked 2008 over the 'Baby P' case Click to show or hide the answer
May 2009: chosen from 34,000 applicants to get "the best job in the world" – caretaker of a string of islands in the Great Barrier Reef Click to show or hide the answer
10–year–old Nigerian boy murdered in Peckham, London, November 2000 Click to show or hide the answer
News vendor, died after being pushed over by a policeman during the G8 demonstration in London, 2009 Click to show or hide the answer
Dutch film maker, descended from the brother of the famous artist, assassinated in 2004 following the release of his film Submission about violence against Muslim women Click to show or hide the answer
Pathologist in the 'organs' scandal at Alder Hey hospital, Liverpool (2000/1) Click to show or hide the answer
Editor of The Sun, arrested in 2005 following an alleged assault on her husband Ross Kemp (no charges were brought) Click to show or hide the answer
Celebrity chef – caught stealing cheese and wine from a shop in Henley–on–Thames in January 2012 Click to show or hide the answer

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