(1940-04-20) The Daily Prophet - Eibon Patriarch Sentenced to Azkaban
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Summary: The Wizengamot handed out a stern sentence to one of its most high-profile defendants in recent memory today, sentencing Eibon family Patriarch Noalan Eibon II to a term in Azkaban.
Date: April 20, 1940
Location: London
Related: Plot: The Eibon Investigation
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By: S. Scott Sweetwater, Staff Reporter. — LONDON — The Wizengamot handed out a stern sentence to one of its most high-profile defendants in recent memory today, sentencing Eibon family Patriarch Noalan Eibon II to a term in Azkaban after finding him guilty of smuggling, dealing in Dark artefacts, conspiracy to poach protected magical beasts, conspiracy to commit theft, and other charges. The Wizengamot also imposed stiff fines, which may be difficult to pay given their confiscation of many of the Eibon business interests implicated in the case and the freezing of the family's Gringott's vault.

The Eibon case arose out of an investigation by the Department of Magical Law Enforcement into reports that Eibon Shipping was smuggling prohibited artefacts and magical components into the United Kingdom. Aurors and Hit Wizards raided a warehouse on the Isle of Dogs, where they found unicorn blood, Dark grimoires, and live acromantulas, leading to a warrant for Eibon Manor, where additional prohibited items were discovered.

Defense Barrister Perry Merrythought argued passionately that Eibon's crimes were victimless, but the Wizengamot, presided over by Minister Gambol for this high-profile case, seemed more persuaded by the arguments of Jack MacNair for the prosecution that Eibon had "systematically flouted the rules of civilised wizarding society". Merrythought vowed to appeal the sentence to Minister Gambol and to seek a pardon for his client — an unlikely scenario in a case overseen by the Minister herself.

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