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Bismarck human trafficking suspect tries to leave courtroom during arraignment, is restrained


BISMARCK, North Dakota — A man accused of human trafficking in the Bismarck-Mandan area had to be restrained by officers when he tried to leave the courtroom during a hearing.

The Bismarck Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1Ic0b2o ) that 40-year-old Abdul Fazl Vann was to enter a plea on Monday but instead attempted to leave, and had to be restrained by several officers with the Burleigh County Sheriff's Office.

Prosecutor Pamela Nesvig says Vann will be required to enter a written plea.

Vann is accused of operating as a pimp. He faces a felony charge that carries a maximum punishment of 20 years in prison. He maintained his innocence during a previous court hearing.

Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com

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