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Va. judge orders immediate imprisonment of convicted Internet pirate after she criticizes case

01/13/2012 11:18 EST | Updated 03/14/2012 05:12 EDT
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - A judge has ordered the immediate imprisonment of a convicted Internet pirate after her online rants drew the ire of prosecutors.

Last week, 30-year-old Hana Beshara, known on the Internet as " Queen Phara," was sentenced to nearly two years in prison for her role running NinjaVideo, a website that enabled millions of illegal downloads of pirated movies and TV shows.

But the judge delayed imposition of Beshara's sentence so she could get her affairs in order.

That changed after the New Jersey woman used the time to complain about her plight to online supporters.

At a hearing Friday in Alexandria, the judge said she obviously hadn't learned her lesson and ordered the sentence to begin immediately.

Her lawyer said she had the right to be unhappy about her conviction.