Society - Prison
  • 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...

  • Spaniards languish in many Moroccan prisons
    12 november 2008 14:48:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Morocco has the largest number of detained Spanish natio nals in its prisons, followed by Brazil and Peru, the Moroccan media said Wednes d ay. Full text...

  • Inmate dies in Cameroon jail break
    28 october 2008 22:43:00
    Douala- Cameroon (PANA) -- A jail break by 13 imates of the Bamenda prison in nor th-west Cameroon last Sunday night during a downpour, has claimed the life of on e fugitive, official sources told PANA on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Jammeh pardons 14 foreign prisoners in Gambia
    03 october 2008 19:06:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- President Yahya Jammeh has pardoned 14 foreigners serving jail sentences in Gambia and urged The Gambia Immigration department to deport all 14 men to their various countries. Full text...

  • Libya pardons 3,079 prisoners on revolution anniversary
    28 august 2008 15:17:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- No fewer than 3,079 prisoners have been granted amnesty to mark the 39th anniversary of the 1 September revolution in Libya, the justice ministry said. Full text...

  • Prisoners battle warders, police in Burundi
    22 august 2008 19:53:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- A police officer was seriously wounded Friday as pri son authorities searched for firearms, narcotics and cellphones held illegally b y prisoners in a Burundi penal home, according to the pro-government Burundi Pres s Agency (BPA) here. Full text...

  • Man jailed for threatening to blow up aircraft in Mozambique
    31 july 2008 18:05:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Paulo Estevao, otherwise called Dangerman, one of th e six men acquitted 1 July in the case of the attempted murder of popular Mozamb i can lawyer Albano Silva, is back in jail, this time, for threatening to blow up a n aircraft. Full text...

  • Two journalists transferred to the central prison in DR Congo
    09 june 2008 19:27:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The Congolese NGO, Journalistes en Danger (JED), an organisation to protect journalists, said in a press release Monday that two jou r nalists, who had written "offensive" articles against President Joseph Kabila, had been t ransferred to the central prison here. Full text...

  • Police confirm jail break in Mozambique
    27 may 2008 19:26:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The police commander in the central Mozambican distr ict of Marromeu, Alexandre Mugela, has admitted that prisoners have broken out o f the local jail, but did tell reporters how many potentially dangerous men were o n the loose. Full text...

  • Morocco needs 110 million euros for its prisons
    19 november 2007 20:44:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Moroccan justice minister, Abdelwahed Radi, said on Monday in Rabat that his department needed an additional budget of 110 million euros to solve the problem of overcrowding in the country's prisons. Full text...

  • Human rights advocate requests visit to Malawi prisons
    08 november 2007 09:08:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) has written to the African Commission for Human and Peoples' Rights to request a visit to Malawi prisons by the Special Rapporteur for Prisons and Conditions of Detention in Africa, according to Nicole Fritz, Executive Director of SALC. Full text...

  • Richer meals for Nigerian prisoners
    11 october 2007 08:43:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Inmates in Nigerian prisons will get richer rations as the federal cabinet has approved an increase in the cost of their feeding from the current 150 naira (US$1. Full text...

  • Ghana Judicial Service complains about prison congestion
    06 october 2007 11:37:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) – The Judicial Service of Ghan-a is worried about serious congestion and over population in prisons throughout the country, saying they are serious human and social problems that need urgent attention by stakeholders in the criminal justice system. Full text...

  • Kenya moves to check high prisons staff turnover
    31 july 2007 18:28:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya has unveiled a new scheme of service for prisons staff in a move aimed at attracting highly skilled labour force, under the government's rapid results initiative to improve conditions in the country's dilapidated corrective institutions. Full text...

  • Prisoners riot at Nouakchott main prison
    10 july 2007 13:27:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) – A riot broke out a-t the Nouakchott main prison Monday night but the situation was brought back to normal after the intervention of the elite squad from the national Guard, according to judicial sources Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN official alarmed by prison conditions in Sierra Leone
    24 june 2007 12:52:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The United Nations Secretary-General special representative for Sierra Leone, Victor Angello, has described as "appalling" conditions of the country's prisons, and encouraged the Sierra Leonen government to improve prisoners' rights. Full text...

  • Kenya moves to decongest prisons
    21 june 2007 16:03:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya is to strength recently introduced non-custodial sentence for petty offenders to speed up prison decongestion, Vice-President Moody Awori, said here Thursday. Full text...

  • Mauritania denies hosting US prison
    21 june 2007 15:44:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) – There is no US det-ention centre in Mauritania, the national news agency reported here Thursday, quoting sources at the Foreign Ministry. Full text...

  • Moroccan King pardons 9,000 detainees
    02 march 2007 17:06:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- King Mohammed VI of Morocco has pardoned 8,836 prisoners, including 278 foreigners on the occasion of the birth on Wednesday, of his daughter Lalla Khadija, the Justice ministry affirmed here Friday. Full text...

  • Prisoners escape through tunnel in Nouakchott
    23 february 2007 19:09:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Police have arrested 18 out of 30 inmates of the civil prison of Nouakchott who escaped on Thursday night through a tunnel they clandestinely dug, prison wardens reported here. Full text...

  • Namibia prisons "inhumane" - National Committee
    21 february 2007 10:20:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibian prisons and police holding cells are "inhumane" with children used as "sex slaves," a Committee set up by the National Council said in a new report. Full text...

  • Shooting and jail break at Maputo prison
    12 december 2006 17:27:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) - – There was shooting as one prisoner reportedly escaped from a top security jail at Machava, on the outskirts of the Mozambican capital, Maputo, Monday, national news agency, AIM, reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Obasanjo orders audit of prisoners
    01 december 2006 08:48:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's President Olusegun Obasanjo has directed an immediate case-by-case audit of all inmates awaiting trial who have spent upwards of five years in all prisons in the country. Full text...

  • Prisoners buried alive in Mozambican gold mine mishap
    28 october 2006 20:33:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Two prisoners from the Manica district jail in central Mozambique died on Friday in a mudslide at a gold mine 15-km from Manica town, media reports said here Saturday. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone's jails overcrowded, says prisons chief
    13 september 2006 09:34:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Sierra Leone's Superintendent of Prisons R. Full text...

  • Twelve break jail in Cameroon
    05 september 2006 14:50:00
    Douala- Cameroon (PANA) -- Twelve inmates, two of whom were sentenced to death for murder and armed robbery, escaped early Tuesday morning from the central prison in Bamenda, northwestern Cameroon, an official source revealed here. Full text...

  • Libya pardons 1,700 prisoners on Revolution anniversary
    01 september 2006 20:14:00
    Tripoli- Libya(PANA) -- Some 1. Full text...

  • New report indicts Tanzania on prisoner rights abuses
    28 august 2006 15:18:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Recent research findings by Tanzania's Commission for Human Rights and Good Governance show that the country's prisoner custodial system is in serious breach of human rights for male, female and child inmates, who are forced to share prison cells. Full text...

  • PM urges improvement of Mozambique prisons
    28 july 2006 21:05:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican Prime Minister Luisa Diogo has called on the National Prison Service to improve the current situation in the country's jails, which she described as "far from desirable," national news agency, AIM, reported Friday. Full text...

  • Mauritania to open new prison soon
    24 july 2006 10:26:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mauritania will soon open a new prison in the Daar Naim commune, a northern suburb of Nouakchott, sources at the Department of Prisons revealed Monday. Full text...

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