Society - Prison
  • Cameroon: Human rights associations alarmed at health of prisoners
    09 may 2014 22:08:00
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) - Human rights groups have expressed concern about conditions in Cameroon prisons which have, in some cases, led to the death in custody of high profile prisoners. Full text...

  • Mauritius: African experts organize workshop on counselling drug addicts
    28 april 2014 14:25:42
    Beau-Bassin, Mauritius (PANA) - Two African medical experts, Prof. Fatimah El-Omari from Morocco and Dr. David Basangwa of Uganda, are organizing a four-day workshop at the Mauritius Prison Service to enhance capacity building in psychosocial management and counselling of Prison Service Providers to drug addicts in prisons, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Mauritius: New high security prison opens
    21 march 2014 07:16:51
    Melrose, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam Thursday inaugurated the newly-built high security prison at Melrose, eastern Mauritius. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Religious structures built in Mauritian Prisons
    06 march 2014 17:31:17
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The Mauritius Prison Service has built four places of worship in the yard of the new prison at Melrose, in the centre of the island, to allow detainees practice their religions, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Libya: Jail break in Tripoli
    02 february 2014 14:51:52
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Fifty-four inmates on Saturday escaped from a prison in Diabasse, Tripoli, PANA reported here, quoting Ahmed Bou Karaa, a police spokesperson. Full text...

  • Sudan: UNAMID trains new prison workers in Darfur
    28 january 2014 13:54:39
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Dozens of newly-recruited Prison workers in Darfur region have started a training session here, designed to equip them with the capacity to reform offenders in their care, according to a press statement issued by the African Union (AU) and received by PANA here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: UK to invest 100m pounds to rehabilitate Nigerian prisons
    09 january 2014 18:24:34
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The United Kingdom (UK) is to invest about 100 million pounds for the rehabilitation of Nigerian prisons. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Abuja, London sign agreement on prisoner swap
    09 january 2014 18:12:01
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria and the United Kingdom on Thursday signed an agreement providing for the transfer of prisoners between the two States. Full text...

  • South African detainees pay tribute to Mandela
    17 december 2013 18:55:50
    Beau-Bassin, Mauritius (PANA) – About 20 South African detainees presently serving their sentences in Mauritius, together with some Mauritians, on Monday night paid tribute to the memory of former South African president Nelson Mandela at the Central Prison, Beau Bassin, 10 km south of the capital. Full text...

  • Over 40 inmates escape from Libya Prison
    01 december 2013 10:48:56
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - More than 40 prisoners have escaped from the Central prison of Sebha, a town situated in south Libya, the local media reported, quoting security sources. Full text...

  • Armed group releases five Sudanese soldiers
    06 november 2013 17:20:48
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Five Sudanese soldiers, held in Darfur, were released Wednesday by the Sudan Liberation Army – Ali Karbino (SLA-AK), an armed opposition group, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), which facilitated the release in its capacity as a neutral intermediary, said here. Full text...

  • Libya to investigate alleged death of detainees
    03 october 2013 13:24:56
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libya's Minister of Justice Sallah al-Marghini has announced plans to investigate the death of detainees being held by armed units in the country as a result of torture. Full text...

  • Again, 18 inmates escape from Libyan jail
    02 august 2013 10:42:28
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Eighteen prisoners have escaped after gunmen attacked a vehicle transporting them to the Al-Souwami Prison in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, security officials said. Full text...

  • '9,000 Nigerians in foreign prisons'
    02 august 2013 10:21:53
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's federal government has said there are over 9,000 Nigerians in prisons abroad, with the UK hosting the largest number of 752, the local media reported Friday. Full text...

  • Congo launches CFAF 364m programme to rehabilitate prisons
    12 july 2013 13:38:13
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The Congolese government has launched a CFAF 364m (US$700,000) programme to rehabilitate the country’s prisons, Congo’s Ministry of Justice and Human Rights disclosed Friday in Brazzaville. Full text...

  • Mauritius to open first High Security Prison in August
    30 may 2013 18:09:46
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritius will open, in August, its first high security prison, constructed since independence in 1968, at Melrose, in the eastern part of the island, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • 45 prison wardens killed in Nigeria prison attacks
    24 may 2013 09:22:35
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Persistent attacks on prisons in Nigeria by suspected Boko Haram insurgents have led to the death of 45 prison wardens in recent times, the Comptroller-General of Prisons, Mr. Zakari Ibrahim, said. Full text...

  • Massive jail break reported in Libyan city
    01 may 2013 13:58:13
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – A massive jail break has taken place at the Sebha correctional facility, 800 kilometres south of Tripoli, the Libyan capital, according to an official spokesperson of the local council, Abobker Hanza, who did not specify when the incident took place. Full text...

  • More Sudanese soldiers released in Darfur, says ICRC
    17 april 2013 14:12:05
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said it has facilitated the release and handover of four Sudanese soldiers held by a Darfur rebel faction, the Sudan Liberation Army - Ali Karbino (SLA-AK). Full text...

  • Mauritius to build a new 1000-capacity prison
    18 march 2013 11:18:52
    Melrose, Mauritius (PANA) - A modern high security prison that can accommodate a thousand prisoners is under construction in Melrose, central Mauritius, according to the Commissioner of Prisons, Dr. Jean Bruneau. Full text...

  • Libya closes five prisons
    26 february 2013 12:18:33
    Tripoli Libya (PANA) - Libyan authorities are to close five prisons in Misrata, 200km east of the capital city of Tripoli, and their inmates transferred to the new Remand Centre in the city. Full text...

  • Three Cameroonian prison workers jailed for aiding jail break
    05 february 2013 17:51:14
    Douala, Cameroon (PANA) – Three Cameroonian prison guards have been jailed seven years each for negligent in the escape of the detained Mayor of Massock-Songloulou, Paul Hiol, from hospital bed. Full text...

  • AI hails Sudan for dropping capital charge against 'prisoner of conscience'
    16 january 2013 17:25:50
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Sudanese teacher and activist Jalila Khamis Koko, will no longer face the death penalty after some of the charges against her were dropped Tuesday, global human rights body Amnesty International said Wednesday. Full text...

  • 31 inmates escape from Darfur prison after clashes with police
    24 october 2012 09:47:27
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - About 31 inmates have escaped from a regional prison in Sudan's restive region of Darfur, following a clash with the police Tuesday. Full text...

  • ICRC helps repatriate released prisoners of war to South Sudan
    26 september 2012 18:02:04
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Wednesday facilitated the repatriation of 19 South Sudanese prisoners of war released by the Sudanese government. Full text...

  • 3 inmates arrested as police use force to release pardoned inmates in Malawi
    08 july 2012 20:59:29
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - All 34 prisoners at the Zomba Central Prison in Malawi, who were pardoned by President Joyce Banda as part of the country's 48th independence anniversary, have been released, despite the riots at the prison earlier in the day. Full text...

  • Malawi: Prisoners riot over controversial presidential pardons
    08 july 2012 15:34:45
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Prisoners serving life sentences for various charges, including murder, at the Zomba Central Prison in the eastern city of Zomba, some 90 kilometres east of Malawi's commercial capital Blantyre, ran riot Sunday protesting the pardon of two prisoners. Full text...

  • President Banda pardons 377 Malawian prisoners
    06 july 2012 14:46:02
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - As part of ceremonies marking Malawi's 48 years of independence from Great Britain, President Joyce Banda has pardoned 377 prisoners. Full text...

  • Libya seeking amnesty for nationals detained abroad
    01 july 2012 10:44:06
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libya has appealed for clemency for its citizens in prison in other countries, saying the (prisoners) should granted amnesty on humanitarian grounds. Full text...

  • ICRC facilitates repatriation of Sudanese prisoners of war
    26 april 2012 14:03:34
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Thursday that it helped with the repatriation of 13 Sudanese Prisoners of War (POWs) to Khartoum from Juba, the South Sudanese capital, during the recent clashes on the joint border area of Higlig. Full text...

  • New Senegalese president pardons 1,009 prisoners
    03 april 2012 19:22:52
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Newly-elected Senegalese president Macky Sall offered a rare independence day "gift" to the Senegalese when he pardoned 1,009 prisoners across the country, according to a presidency press release obtained by PANA Tuesday. Full text...

  • Jonathan solicits opportunities for convicted persons in Nigeria
    15 november 2011 15:25:10
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan said here Tuesday that Full text...

  • Ghana prisoners to vote in 2012
    09 november 2011 12:19:04
    Cape Coast, Ghana (PANA) - Inmates of Ghana’s prisons will vote in the next presidential and parliamentary elections scheduled for December next year, President John Evans Atta Mills announced on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Mali's prisoner population grew tenfold over 50 years
    31 may 2011 18:10:09
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Mali's prisoner population has grown 10 times in 50 years of independence, reaching more than 5,000 inmates in 2011, the Minister of Justice, Maharafa Traoré, said Tuesday in Bamako at the opening session of the retreat on prison administration. Full text...

  • Opposition MPs challenge Mauritanian govt. on prison situation
    31 may 2011 17:14:21
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Two opposition Members of Parliament in Mauritania have, in two oral questions to the Justice Minister, expressed deep concern about the general situation in the country's prisons, PANA learnt here Tuesday from an official source. Full text...

  • 10 coup plotters released from jail in Togo
    15 april 2011 16:19:26
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – The Togolese government has released 10 members of the group of 31 persons jailed for their part in an alleged 2009 coup attempt against president Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé, according to the general prosecutor to the Court of Appeal of Lomé, the capital. Full text...

  • Moroccan king pardons 190 prisoners
    14 april 2011 15:38:35
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - King Mohammed VI of Morocco on Thursday granted pardon to 190 detainees, including political prisoners, in response to recommendations by the National Council for Human Rights (CNDH), PANA learned from official sources in Rabat. Full text...

  • Zambian President releases over 500 prisoners
    09 march 2011 13:16:06
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambian President Rupiah Banda has ordered the immediate release of 574 prisoners country-wide. Full text...

  • Libya releases 110 Islamist prisoners
    16 february 2011 18:13:32
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libya Wednesday freed the last batch of 110 prisoners of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, including three of the group leaders, from the Abu Slim prisons in Tripoli, the Libyan capital. Full text...

  • Prisoner persuaded from suicide bid
    03 january 2011 21:30:12
    Kumasi, Ghana (PANA) – A prisoner in Ghana's second largest city, Kumasi, who on Monday threatened to commit suicide unless the authorities agreed to transferred him to the medium security prison in Nsawam, just outside the capital, Accra, was eventually persuaded to rescind his decision. Full text...

  • Tanzanian president paroles prisoners on Independence Day
    09 december 2010 18:39:34
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - In marking Tanzania's 49th independence anniversary Thursday, President Jakaya Kikwete has paroled 3,563 prisoners, according to an official statement issued by the Home Affairs ministry. Full text...

  • Mauritania vows to improve prison conditions
    23 april 2010 21:33:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The Mauritanian Justice minister, Abidine Ould E l Kheir, has vowed to improve conditions in the country's prisons and accelerate procedures for equitable trial for everybody. Full text...

  • Diplomat presents food items to Nigerian prisoners in Gambia
    26 march 2010 16:35:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The Nigerian High Commissioner to The Gambia, Esther Joh n Audu, has described human trafficking, drug trafficking and the act of deceivi n g people, otherwise called 419, as negative attitudes which cannot be tolerated i n any society. Full text...

  • Rights group deplores overcrowding in Mauritanian prisons
    16 february 2010 21:07:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- A delegation of the African Human Rights Commission (CADHP) on Monday urged the Mauritanian authorities to take measures to de-congest prisons in the country. Full text...

  • Kenyan President commutes all death sentences
    03 august 2009 17:49:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki Monday commuted the sentenc es of all death row prisoners in the country to life behind bars. Full text...

  • Jailed British national gets another jail term
    26 march 2009 18:27:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- David Fulton, a British national currently serving a one -year jail term with his wife for seditious publication, has again been convicte d , this time for forgery. Full text...

  • Egyptians celebrate “belated” jail term for ferry owner
    12 march 2009 16:29:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- In a shocking turn of events, an Egyptian court of appeal Tuesday overturned an earlier ruling and sentenced the owner of a ferry that san k in 2006, killing more than 1,000 people, to seven years in prison for involunta r y manslaughter. Full text...

  • Ethiopian pop star to leave jail shortly
    18 february 2009 14:30:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopia's famous pop star, Teddy Afro, is set to leave jail within five months following an Ethiopian Supreme Court judge decision to reduce his six-year long sentence to two years on appeal, PANA reports from here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Inmate stabbed to death in Reunion prison fight
    02 january 2009 15:55:00
    Saint-Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- A 21-year-old inmate was stabbed to death in a vio lent fight involving some 40 detainees Thursday afternoon at the central prison o f Port, 18 km from the Reunion capital Saint-Denis, a judicial source told PANA. Full text...

  • Christmas day jail break in Mozambique
    29 december 2008 17:01:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Between six and 10 prisoners escaped from a cell in a police station in the southern Mozambican city of Matola on the night of 25 De c ember, according to a report in the independent daily, O Pais. Full text...

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