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Hundreds of prisoners escape during deadly quake & tsunami in Indonesia

More than 1,000 prisoners escaped from devastated detention facilities after an earthquake and tsunami struck Indonesia. The death toll of the disaster is expected to reach 2,000 as rescue operations continue. A powerful quake hit the region of Sulawesi on Friday, triggering a huge tsunami and wreaking havoc across communities. Indonesia’s Directorate General of Corrections said that inmates escaped from ...

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At least 30 Russian political prisoners held in foreign nations, ombudsman claims

At least 30 Russian citizens are currently in custody in foreign nations, either serving sentences for their political beliefs or awaiting trial on political charges, Russia’s human rights commissioner has told reporters. “In my view there are about 30 prisoners of conscience among Russian citizens who are currently abroad, this is the very modest estimation. We understand that these people ...

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Political prisoners must ‘be free tonight’, we won’t negotiate release with Madrid – Catalan leader

Catalonian government head Quim Torra told RT’s Alex Salmond that he is ready to negotiate with Madrid on the status of the province, but that the release of those jailed for organizing a secession referendum is “non-negotiable.” An ally of his exiled pro-independence predecessor, Carles Puigdemont, Torra was elected after three other politicians were disqualified by the central government and ...

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Russian lawmakers back bill to simplify early release of seriously ill prisoners

The Russian Upper House Committee for Constitutional Law has approved a bill that aims to simplify the procedure for the early release of prisoners suffering from serious illnesses. Once the new bill is passed into law, the Russian government will specify the formal procedure under which convicts should apply for the cancellation of their punishment because of poor health. It ...

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Gag order: Judge literally orders prisoner’s mouth to be taped shut in court (VIDEO)

A Ohio judge ordered a prisoner’s mouth be taped shut in court because the defendant wouldn’t stop talking. Disturbing video shows six deputies surrounding the man before gagging him. Ohio judge John Russo ordered court deputies to shut the mouth of defendant Franklyn Williams during his sentencing hearing at the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday. READ MORE: Judge ...

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Football withdrawal: Argentina prisoners on hunger strike after cable TV breaks ahead of World Cup

As football fans across the globe gear up to watch the World Cup, a group of Argentinian prisoners has gone on hunger strike until prison authorities fix the facility’s cable television system. Read more “Cable television is an indispensable right for everyone deprived of their liberty,” nine inmates at Puerto Madryn jail, near the Atlantic in southern Argentina, wrote. “It ...

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Get out of jail card: Russia plans penal work option for prisoners with non-felony convictions

The Russian government is considering legislation which will allow those convicted of offences which do not constitute a felony to work instead of serving out their sentence in prison. The bill, that has been introduced in the State Duma, seeks to reduce the minimal term after which inmates can be let out early to do penal work. Under the current ...

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Release of 40 radicalized prisoners a 'major risk' – French counter-terrorism prosecutor

France is gearing up to release 40 radicalized prisoners in the coming months, a move which the country’s lead counter-terrorism prosecutor says is a “major risk,” as they could have become more radicalized behind bars. Speaking to French broadcaster BFM TV, Francois Molins confirmed that France will be releasing around 20 radicalized prisoners this year and a further 20 in ...

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Pompeo returning with 3 US prisoners from North Korea – Trump

Published time: 9 May, 2018 12:43 Edited time: 9 May, 2018 12:51 US President Donald Trump has tweeted to say that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is returning from North Korea with three US prisoners. Trump also said that a time and a date for his meeting with Kim Jong Un had been set. Trump went on to add that ...

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Putin order examination of Sobchak’s request to pardon alleged ‘political prisoners’

A Russian presidential spokesman has told reporters that Vladimir Putin received a request to pardon 16 alleged political prisoners from election rival Ksenia Sobchak. He has ordered his administration to look into it. “This is true, this list made by Sobchak has been passed to the president. The president received it and charged his administration with the task of working ...

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