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Scuffle in Sukkur jail kills 3 prisoners

Protests by prisoners against the unavailability of necessities turned violent at the central jail in Sukkur on Tuesday resulting in 3 deaths, police said. During rioting, five including three policemen were also

Mubarak headed for hospital, then prison

CAIRO – Egypt’s state prosecutor on Friday decided to move ailing ex-president Hosni Mubarak to a military hospital, then to prison when his health improves, in a probe over a deadly crackdown on protesters that could send him to the gallows, state media reported.
Mubarak and his sons Gamal and Alaa were remanded into custody this week on suspicion of involvement in the deaths of protesters during the 18-day protest that forced him to resign in February. If convicted on the most

Assassination of MQM-H leaders: Trail of clues lead back to Central Prison

KARACHI – Central Prison Karachi has been included in the scope of investigations into the murders of Akhtar Hussain, vice-chairperson of the Afaq Ahmed-led Mohajir Qaumi Movement-Haqiqi (MQM-H), and another senior leader of the party, Abdul Kareem, with police officials suspecting that information is being leaked from inside the jail premises to aid target killers carry out their mission.
“This was the second incident in the past six months that the MQM-H leadership has been

Special US prison units filled with Muslims

WASHINGTON – US federal prisons for the past three years have housed special units filled disproportionately with Muslim inmates whose every communication with the outside world is strictly monitored. Known as “Guantanamo North,” the so-called Communication Management Units (CMU) were secretly opened in 2007 in maximum security prisons in Terre Haute, Indiana and Marion, Illinois and currently have 71 prisoners, the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) told AFP. The US public radio

Greek police clash with anti-austerity protesters

ATHENS – Greek police clashed with protesters on Wednesday as around 100,000 workers, pensioners and students marched to parliament in protest at austerity policies aimed at helping Greece cope with a huge debt crisis. Riot police fired scores of rounds of teargas and flash bombs at protesters hurling petrol bombs, choking the main Syndagma square with smoke and sending crowds of striking protesters running for cover.
Public and private sector employees’ 24-hour strike grounded

‘Egypt Hezbollah cell escaped in prison break’

CAIRO – Members of a cell belonging to the Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah and convicted of plotting attacks in Egypt were among the escapees in a weekend prison break, a security official told AFP on Thursday.
The 22 cell members fled on Sunday along with members of Palestinian group Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood and thousands of other convicts during a mass breakout amid anti-government protests in Egypt. The Hezbollah members escaped from Wadi Natrun north of Cairo after

‘Lovesick’ ex-govt officer gets 17 years in prison

KARACHI – A court on Saturday sentenced a former Sindh government officer to 17 years’ rigorous imprisonment in a case relating to attempt of murder, illegal confinement and robbery.
Additional District and Sessions Judge Sagheer Ahmed Shaikh handed down the verdict to former agriculture officer Ilyas Hulio after examining five prosecution witnesses. According to the prosecution, Hulio along with four unidentified accomplices on October 29, 2009 had kidnapped Rashid Rajar, the

Low-security British prison on fire after riot

LONDON – Rioting prisoners set fire to one block of a low-security prison in southern England early on Saturday and the flames were spreading because fire officers could not approach the building.
The riot at Ford prison near Arundel, West Sussex, broke out around midnight and involved about 40 prisoners who smashed windows and started fires, the BBC reported. Television pictures showed flames rising from the building. Prison staff were forced to leave and specially trained riot

Snipes begins prison sentence

Wesley Snipes has started his three-year sentence at a minimum security prison in Pennsylvania, following his conviction for tax evasion. The Blade star has spent two-year fighting his 2008 conviction for failing to file tax returns and recently lost an appeal and a request for a retrial.
He was ordered to report to authorities on Thursday, but his lawyers made a last-ditch attempt to keep Snipes out of prison by filing an emergency court motion in Florida on Wednesday, demanding

Chile’s worst prison fire kills 81 inmates

SANTIAGO: Fire engulfed a prison in the Chilean capital early on Wednesday, killing 81 inmates and critically injuring 14 others, prison officials said, in the worst-ever accident in the country’s jail system.
Officials said the fire was triggered during an early-morning fight between inmates in one of the crowded prison’s five towers. Television footage showed part of the San Miguel prison in flames, black smoke billowing from the building.
Frantic relatives of the

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