Society - Crime
  • Malawi court jails weird sex maniac
    05 november 2003 09:21:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- A 21-year old man in the northern mountainous district of Mzimba began a four-year jail term Wednesday for raping a young woman and sewing up her genitals. Full text...

  • Two Malawi cops nabbed over armed robbery
    31 october 2003 09:44:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Two Malawi police officers and two civilians have been named in a 9 million Malawi Kwacha (US$900,000) cash heist of teachers salaries in northern Malawi. Full text...

  • South African thief gets 135 years in jail
    20 october 2003 15:14:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- A specialised commercial crime court in South Africa has sentenced a man to 135 years in jail for stealing R337 million from a German bank and a Jersey, UK-based investment firm (1 USD = R6. Full text...

  • South Africa, Turkey close ranks against crime
    15 october 2003 19:27:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa and Turkey have signed an agreement to cooperate in fighting crime, the Foreign Affairs ministry said here Wednesday in a statement. Full text...

  • UN drug agency rates Africa top in organised crimes
    11 october 2003 09:51:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- A study by the UN drug and crime office reveals that sub-Saharan Africa was the region most negatively impacted by organised crime, and that outlaws there were increasingly turning to high technology. Full text...

  • Gabon steps up fight against insecurity in capital
    08 october 2003 12:49:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- The Gabonese Defence ministry has announced a toll-free number for the provision of information in its fight against a recent spate of insecurity in the capital Libreville. Full text...

  • Zambian, Zimbabwean police launch joint border operations
    01 october 2003 13:43:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Police in Zimbabwe and Zambia have launched joint operations to smash cross-border criminal gangs involved in drug trafficking and stock theft. Full text...

  • Crime suspect dies in Mauritanian police custody
    28 september 2003 17:12:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- A 25-year-old Mautitian man, Moctar Diallo alias "Oumar Ould Abdoullah," has died in a police cell at Kaedi, southern Mauritania, where he was being held on theft charges, two rights groups said in Nouakchott Sunday. Full text...

  • Mauritanian police arrest 5 Senegalese crime suspects
    26 september 2003 10:27:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mauritanian police say they have arrested a group of Senegalese nationals over several suspected murder and armed robbery cases. Full text...

  • Suspected burglars kill Malian security guard in Libreville
    23 september 2003 16:56:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Suspected burglars have shot dead a Malian at his home in Libreville, the Gabonese government-run daily Union Plus reported on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Malawi police nab President Muluzi's son, gang
    12 september 2003 12:25:00
    Lilongwe- Malawi (PANA) -- Blantyre police Friday confirmed arresting a gang of five, including the son of President Bakili Muluzi. Full text...

  • Robbers raid Maputo foreign exchange bureau
    06 september 2003 17:45:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- An armed robber was killed and four people injured Saturday during an unsuccessful raid at a foreign exchange bureau in central Maputo. Full text...

  • South Africa has twice many murders as USA
    01 september 2003 17:29:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's main opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) has maintained that the country represented the capital of crime and disagreed with government claims that it compares favourably with the rest of the world. Full text...

  • How policemen recovered stolen truck in Mozambique
    27 august 2003 19:48:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Details have emerged over how the Mozambican police recovered a heavy truck in the district of Manhica in the southern province of Maputo on Wednesday last week, which is believed to have been stolen at gun point in South Africa. Full text...

  • Ivorian police shoot dead 23 drivers in 10 years
    18 august 2003 18:25:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- At least 23 taxi and minibus drivers have been shot dead by police in the Ivorian economic capital of Abidjan since 1993, the National Union of Ivorian Transport has revealed. Full text...

  • Victim chops burglar's hand over hat theft in Comoros
    18 august 2003 16:21:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- Victim Hassan Ali Ivessi took the law into his hands at the weekend by severing the hand of a young burglar with a machete in the village of Seleani, police sources revealed Monday in Mbeni, capital of the Comoran region of Hamahamet. Full text...

  • Mauritius goes tough on criminals
    06 august 2003 17:17:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth, said he has asked police in the country to strengthen their hunt for criminals following an increase in crime including rape and killing of women. Full text...

  • Mozambican govt committed to fighting organised crime
    26 june 2003 23:00:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Mozambican government said on Thursday that it was determined to fight against transborder organised crime. Full text...

  • Mauritius police searching for two South Africans
    24 june 2003 20:39:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The Mauritian police are looking for two individuals said to be South African nationals who have allegedly cashed stolen traveller's cheques worth 185,000 rupees (about 6,600 US dollars), a police source said on Tuesday in Port Louis. Full text...

  • Adventurous Briton arrested for swindling Malawian banks
    16 june 2003 12:00:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- A suspected British thief is in Malawi police custody after swindling several banks of thousands of British pound sterling in fake travellers' cheques, police told PANA on Monday. Full text...

  • Car theft on the rise in Algeria
    13 may 2003 16:52:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Car theft is increasingly becoming a menace in Algeria, with the emergence of new networks of well- organised thieves, a police report on crimes in the first quarter of 2003 indicated Tuesday. Full text...

  • Three more children hit by gang crossfire in South Africa
    07 april 2003 10:21:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Residents in the impoverished townships around Cape Town are up in arms over an upsurge in gang-related violence that has left several children killed. Full text...

  • Police step in after two children are shot in gang crossfire
    28 march 2003 07:48:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Cape Town police were out in full force Friday after two children were injured during gang violence in Eerste River, Thursday. Full text...

  • Malawi woman loses eyes to attackers
    10 march 2003 12:47:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- A 70-year-old woman from the southern tea-growing district of Thyolo is battling for her life at a Blantyre hospital after unidentified assailants gouged out her eyes at the weekend, bringing to life a spectre of fresh serial killings in the area. Full text...

  • Bandits attack foreign priests in Zambia
    25 february 2003 12:28:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Two Roman Catholic priests, a Canadian and a Frenchman, are battling for their lives in a rural hospital in northern Zambia after bandits attacked and hacked them with machetes following a burglary into their parish home early Tuesday. Full text...

  • Stolen vehicles await claimants in Mozambique
    25 february 2003 08:42:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican police said they are still waiting for owners to claim their stolen vehicles seized in Mozambique during a regional operation in January to crack down on the growing cross-border crime. Full text...

  • South African police clamp down on criminal syndicates
    24 february 2003 15:36:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Police in the Western Cape on Monday said they achieved several successes against organised crime syndicates over the past week. Full text...

  • Equatorial Guinea police arrest two Cameroonians
    21 february 2003 16:04:00
    Malabo- Equatorial Guinea (PANA) -- Three Cameroonians have been arrested by the Equatorial Guinean police for "illegal possession of weapons and passport trafficking," the national radio reported in Malabo Friday. Full text...

  • South African murder suspects in court amid tight security
    17 february 2003 12:36:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Security was extremely tight Monday when the two men accused of murdering nine people in gay brothel in January appeared in a Cape Town court. Full text...

  • Suspect in US$700,000 theft surrenders to Kenya police
    19 january 2003 15:30:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A driver wanted by Kenya police in connection with the stealing of 700,000 US dollars last October, has given himself up, police sources indicated Saturday. Full text...

  • Nigeria, US ratify pact on financial crimes
    16 january 2003 11:41:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian and US officials ratified a treaty on mutual assistance in criminal matters Wednesday in Abuja, more than 10 years after the bilateral pact was signed. Full text...

  • Mozambique's assistant attorney general escapes assassination
    20 december 2002 18:05:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Two unidentified gunmen are at large after what is believed to have been an attempt on the life of Mozambique's assistant attorney general Isabel Rupia last Wednesday. Full text...

  • Ivorian human rights league calls for probe of war crimes
    17 december 2002 23:23:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Cote d'Ivoire Human Rights League has called for a "credible probe" into circumstances surrounding two mass graves discovered recently in rebel-controlled areas. Full text...

  • R20 million in foreign currency stolen in South Africa
    17 december 2002 13:54:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Daring thieves broke through several reinforced walls and stole about 20 million rand in foreign currency last weekend, police disclosed Tuesday in South Africa. Full text...

  • Zambian cattle rustlers raid Zimbabwean border villagers
    08 december 2002 12:57:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Police in Zimbabwe said Sunday that Zambian cattle rustlers were raiding border villagers in Zimbabwe, stealing livestock worth millions of dollars. Full text...

  • Thugs in Kenya steal 15 varsity computers
    02 december 2002 17:05:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Gangsters raided Kenyatta University in Nairobi at the weekend, overpowered a guard and made away with 15 computers just days after thugs carried out an earlier robbery at the same institution. Full text...

  • Mozambican govt determined to fight crime, says PM
    28 november 2002 20:31:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican Prime Minister Pascoal Mocumbi said in Maputo Thursday that his government was "determined to intensify efforts against crime, and to take strong measures to arrest criminals. Full text...

  • Traditional Somali chief killed in clan feud
    23 november 2002 13:02:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- A renown Somali traditional chief was Friday evening killed after two rival clans failed to reach a truce over cattle rustling accusations. Full text...

  • International meeting on financial crimes opens in Abuja
    31 october 2002 21:10:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The fifth international meeting on transnational financial crimes opened in Abuja Thursday with representatives from four of the seven listed countries in attendance. Full text...

  • Experts urge ratification of international crime convention
    29 october 2002 21:56:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Experts from 40 European and African countries Tuesday in Algiers appealed for the ratification of the international convention against organised crime. Full text...

  • South African police arrest man for murder of British tourist
    25 october 2002 09:08:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A man has been arrested in connection with an attack last Tuesday night on a British couple in South Africa's resort town of Pilgrims Rest in Mpumulanga Province. Full text...

  • Armed rebels wound five in Bujumbura
    23 october 2002 22:30:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Assailants suspected to be Hutu rebels injured five people and looted properties in a late Tuesday night attack in southern and northern Bujumbura. Full text...

  • Scotland Yard, Interpol help South Africa tackle medical fraud
    22 october 2002 15:46:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Scotland Yard and Interpol are the latest law enforcement agencies to help South Africa check fraud, especially in the domain of medical aid. Full text...

  • S. Africa Police negligence blamed for gang escape
    11 october 2002 22:44:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Police negligence and misconduct was the reason three members of the People Against Gangsterism and Drugs (Pagad) group escaped from the Cape High Court holding cells last month. Full text...

  • Over 600 killed in farm attacks in South Africa
    10 october 2002 19:48:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Over 600 people have been killed in farm attacks in South Africa since 1997, the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation disclosed Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigeria endorses extradition treaty with South Africa
    10 october 2002 13:55:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Amid rising cases of financial crimes involving Nigerians living in South Africa, Abuja has approved an extradition agreement with South Africa. Full text...

  • Nigerian crooks turn South Africa hub of fraudulent acts
    09 october 2002 16:02:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa was fast becoming the new hub for the perennial Nigerian "419" scams which can have dire financial and physical consequences for those being taken in by the fraudsters, says Howard Griffiths, managing director of Griffiths and Associates in Johannesburg. Full text...

  • FBI trains Ghana Police detectives
    07 october 2002 19:18:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on Monday began a seven-day training workshop here for staff of Ghana's Criminal Investigation Department. Full text...

  • South African suspect re-arrested after massive manhunt
    07 october 2002 08:09:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A massive manhunt on Sunday night resulted in police recapturing Faizel Samsodien, one of the three Pagad gang members who in September escaped from a South African High Court sitting in Cape Town. Full text...

  • South Africans barricade themselves against rising crime
    25 september 2002 15:48:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Suburban road closures for security purposes are likely to continue in South Africa for as long as the government was unable to deal with rising crime, a real estate warned Wednesday. Full text...

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