Society - Prison
  • Eight injured in escape bid by Moroccan inmates
    24 august 2004 23:50:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Eight people were injured Tuesday when three prisoners attempted to escape from the Aïn Kaddous prison in Fès, 200 km east of Rabat, the Moroccan capital. Full text...

  • King Mohammed VI pardons 1,282 Moroccan prisoners on his birthday
    20 august 2004 21:31:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- King Mohammed VI of Morocco Friday reprieved 1,282 prisoners to mark his 41st birthday anniversary, being celebrated Saturday, the Justice Ministry announced. Full text...

  • TB leading cause of death in Uganda's prisons
    18 august 2004 15:13:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Tuberculosis causes 40 percent of prisoners' deaths in Uganda's jails, according to a health study conducted in the facilities. Full text...

  • Ugandan inmates protest torture by warders
    09 august 2004 12:34:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Some 400 inmates at Nyamushekyera prison in western Uganda went on strike last week to protest the torture of a prisoner by warders, local press reports indicated Monday. Full text...

  • Burundi gendarme put down strike at Bujumbura prison
    30 july 2004 22:50:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Heavily armed Burundi gendarmes injured at least four inmates during a Friday dawn assault to put down a three-week mutiny inside Bujumbura's Mpimba central prison, the country's largest penitentiary centre. Full text...

  • Indian inmate dies in Mauritian prison
    16 july 2004 11:33:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- An 56-year old Indian, Massood Siddique, who was serving a 10-year term since 2000 for drug trafficking was found dead in the courtyard of the Central Prison in Beau Bassin, about 20 km south of Port Louis. Full text...

  • Cameroon govt to build new prison in Yaounde
    09 july 2004 13:41:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroonian authorities plan to build a new prison in Yaounde a bid to reduce overcrowding in the country's detention centres. Full text...

  • Mauritian court gives South African 10-year sentence
    16 june 2004 23:53:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- A court in Port Louis on Wednesday handed a ten-year prison sentence to a South African national Anneline Mouton (29) after finding her guilty of importing 647,6 grams of heroin into the Indian Ocean island nation. Full text...

  • 54,200 prisoners jammed in Moroccan jails
    14 june 2004 23:33:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- The Moroccan consultative group on human rights (CCDH) on Monday alarmed of "frightening" overcrowding of prisons in Morocco with an average of 1. Full text...

  • Libyan Supreme Court pardons 28 prisoners
    10 june 2004 22:11:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- A total of 28 prisoners were released Thursday in Tripoli following pardon by the Supreme Council of Jurisdictions, according to the Kadhafi International Foundation for Charity Association (GDIFCA). Full text...

  • Suspect escapes from Mozambican court custody
    08 june 2004 17:45:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- A man described by the Mozambican police as "a dangerous criminal" has escaped from custody by jumping from the window of a courtroom in the central city of Beira, national news agency, AIM reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Run-away Mozambican prisoner re-arrested in Canada
    25 may 2004 17:20:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican police Tuesday confirmed the re-arrest of the country's convicted murderer Anibal dos Santos Junior alias Anibalzinho, who escaped from the Maputo top security prison 9 May. Full text...

  • Police dogs return to Maputo prison following prisoner escape
    20 may 2004 19:14:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- A police dog unit is back on guard duty at Maputo's top security prison following the recent escape of Anibal dos Santos Junior "Anibalzinho," who was serving term for the 2000 murder of Mozambican journalist Carlos Cardoso. Full text...

  • Security stepped up at Maputo jail after prisoner escape
    19 may 2004 21:54:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Security has been stepped up at Maputo's top security prison following the 9 May escape of Anibal dos Santos Junior alias "Anibalzinho," convicted for the 2000 murder of Mozambican journalist Carlos Cardoso, the police said. Full text...

  • Security stepped at Maputo jail after prisoner escape
    19 may 2004 21:52:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Security has been stepped up at Maputo's top security prison following the 9 May escape of Anibal dos Santos Junior alias "Anibalzinho," convicted for the 2000 murder of Mozambican journalist Carlos Cardoso, the police said. Full text...

  • Chissano challenges police to re-arrest run-away prisoner
    11 may 2004 16:00:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- President Joaquim Chissano has directed Mozambican police to re-arrest convicted murderer Anibal dos Santos Junior, alias "Anibalzinho," who escaped from the Maputo maximum security prison Sunday, national news agency, AIM reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Rights group urges Mbeki to pardon prisoners
    22 april 2004 15:04:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- As South Africa celebrates 10 years of democracy, a local human rights group has appealed to President Thabo Mbeki to consider granting a ten-month amnesty to prisoners across the board and the release of petty offenders. Full text...

  • US$25 million for Ghana prison service's transformation
    21 april 2004 18:22:00
    Kumasi- Ghana (PANA) -- The Ghanaian government said Wednesday that it has allocated US$25 million to improve prison services, including prison conditions. Full text...

  • Rwanda begins to release 4,000 prisoners
    24 march 2004 19:37:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwandan judicial authorities on Tuesday started releasing 4,000 out of the 12,000 prisoners in preventive detention at the Kigali and Kibungo prisons. Full text...

  • Uganda seeks ways to decongest prisons
    11 march 2004 21:16:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- In a bid to decongest prisons in Uganda with a huge backlog of cases pending trial, Chief Justice Benjamin Odoki has directed all magistrate courts to begin issuing community service sentences as alternative to imprisonment. Full text...

  • Swazi prisons report deaths from overcrowding
    08 march 2004 13:09:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- Overcrowding in Swazi prisons has resulted in the death of 13 prisoners in the last two months, according to a report by Operations and Management Sergeant Buyile Vilakati. Full text...

  • Nigeria reviews fate of condemned prisoners
    02 march 2004 18:42:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria has raised a committee to determine the fate of more than 400 prisoners awaiting execution, as well as decongest the 245 prisons across the country. Full text...

  • Niger plans community work for minor offenders
    02 march 2004 17:19:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger plans to introduce community work in the near future as an alternative to imprisonment for minor offenders, according to director of prisons at the Justice and Human Rights Ministry in Niamey. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe to hire out prison labour to farmers
    10 february 2004 10:30:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- In a controversial move likely to set Zimbabwe on a collision course with international human rights organisations, the government here said Tuesday it would shortly begin hiring out prisoners to newly resettled farmers facing labour shortages. Full text...

  • Two senior Comoran officials released on bail
    08 february 2004 10:52:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- Former Comoran tax department director Mohamed Djounaid and his counterpart of customs Raoul Delapyre were released Saturday morning on bail, informed sources told PANA in Moroni. Full text...

  • SA prison watchdog group wants amnesty for prisoners
    06 february 2004 09:33:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African Prisoners Organisation for Human Rights (SAPOHR) on Friday called on the government to grant amnesty to prisoners as part of the ten-year celebrations of South Africa's democracy. Full text...

  • 500 prisoners on death row in Uganda
    27 january 2004 19:21:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- The number of prisoners on death row in Uganda has risen to 500 over the past three years, an official said Tuesday. Full text...

  • 3 prisoners escape from Maputo jail
    19 january 2004 16:47:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Three prisoners escaped Monday from Mozambique's Maputo top security jail, while a fourth inmate who also tried to flee was shot on the leg by guards, national news agency, AIM reported. Full text...

  • Paper paints gruesome picture of top Mozambican prison
    11 january 2004 17:05:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Far from being a place where criminals are reformed, Maputo's top security prison is a mix of physical and sexual violence that hardens the criminal nature of inmates, reports the Sunday paper "Domingo". Full text...

  • NGO deplores conditions in Tripoli women's prison
    09 january 2004 18:40:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Members of the Libyan Human Rights Association have deplored the conditions facing women inmates at the Jedaida prison east of Tripoli. Full text...

  • South African lawyers inspect prison conditions
    11 december 2003 14:02:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) inspected several prisons across the country on Wednesday and Thursday as part of the 16-day campaign to prevent violence against women and children. Full text...

  • Attorney General condemns handcuffing of Mozambican prisoners
    10 december 2003 16:56:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambique's Attorney General Joaquim Madeira has condemned as illegal the restrictions placed on three men serving jail sentences for the 2000 assassination of journalist Carlos Cardoso. Full text...

  • Mozambican prisoners die from eating snakes
    05 december 2003 18:16:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Starving prisoners in the northern Mozambican town of Monapo have been eating wild fruits and snakes to keep alive, local press accounts affirmed Friday, saying at least two prisoners had consequently died. Full text...

  • Libya pardons 686 prisoners on Aid Al Fitr
    24 november 2003 12:50:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- As Libya celebrates the Muslim festival of Aid Al Fitr, marking the end of the month-long Ramadan, the Supreme Council of Judicial Bodies in Libya has pardoned 686 prisoners. Full text...

  • Families of Reunion prisoners in Mauritius hopeful
    18 october 2003 16:10:00
    Saint-Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Families of two Reunion nationals sentenced respectively to 12 and 20 years in prison in Mauritius for drug-related offences, have expressed the hope that the convicts could be allowed back home under Mauritian new law on the repatriation of foreign prisoners. Full text...

  • ICRC calls for improved detention centres in Ethiopia
    18 october 2003 10:15:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has underscored the need for improving the management of detention centres and the living conditions of persons deprived of freedom in Ethiopia. Full text...

  • Mauritius passes law on repatriation of foreign prisoners
    17 october 2003 19:34:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The Mauritian parliament has passed a law on the repatriation of foreigners prisoners to their home countries, in line with the July 1985 Strasbourg Convention, Prime Minister Paul Berenger has said. Full text...

  • Major reforms planned for Kenyan prisons
    15 october 2003 15:50:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenyan Prisons Department is set to undergo major reforms which will include the completion of stalled projects, Vice President Moody Awori said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Director of Maputo security prison replaced
    13 october 2003 17:31:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Mozambican Interior Ministry has replaced the Director of Maputo top security prison, Armando Ossufo, with an interim Director, Fernandes Sumbane, national news agency, AIM reported Monday. Full text...

  • Burundian prisons held 27% less inmates in June
    03 october 2003 13:21:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Occupancy rates in Burundi's 11 prisons fell from 237. Full text...

  • HRW urges Eritrean government to free political prisoners
    17 september 2003 20:45:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) Wednesday urged the Eritrean government to release political prisoners and allow for freedom of the press in the country. Full text...

  • Eritrea urged to release political prisoners
    17 september 2003 10:57:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- On the eve of the second anniversary of a crackdown against the civil society in Eritrea, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has demanded authorities in Asmara to release political prisoners and allow for freedom of the press. Full text...

  • Libya repatriates 263 Sudanese prisoners
    02 september 2003 13:34:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Libya repatriated 263 Sudanese prisoners to Khartoum Sunday a day before its 34th anniversary of the revolution on Monday, the police reported here Tuesday. Full text...

  • 2,000 Mozambicans serving jail terms in South Africa
    18 august 2003 16:04:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- More than 2,000 Mozambicans, including illegal immigrants, are serving jail terms in South Africa for various crimes, the Mozambican news agency (AIM) reported Monday. Full text...

  • SADC discusses how to curb organised crime
    18 july 2003 21:32:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Senior officers from the prison services of Zambia and Malawi are meeting in the eastern border town of Chipata to develop a strategy to curb organised crime in the Southern African Development Community region, Zambia's prisons chief Jethro Mumbuwa said Friday. Full text...

  • Mozambican authorities speed up trials to decongest prisons
    07 july 2003 22:41:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Judicial authorities in Maputo City are carrying out intensive trials at the Maputo central prison and an adjoining maximum security prison in order to reduce overcrowding, local press accounts indicated Monday. Full text...

  • Muluzi releases prisoners to celebrate Independence Day
    06 july 2003 14:59:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi President Bakili Muluzi on Sunday pardoned 592 prisoners as part of celebrations marking the country's 39 years of political independence from British colonial rule. Full text...

  • Hundreds of Mauritanian prisoners on the run
    16 june 2003 18:45:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mauritanian authorities are in hot pursuit of about 325 prisoners who escaped from the Nouakchott central prison during the 8 June attempted coup d'etat, judicial sources said here Monday. Full text...

  • Kenyan human rights official bemoans prison conditions
    11 june 2003 19:56:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A human rights official in Kenya on Wednesday bemoaned the prison conditions in Kenya, terming them squalid and unfit for human habitation. Full text...

  • Mozambican prisoners held illegally in top security jail
    04 june 2003 17:39:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Some of the inmates a Mozambique's top security jail in Maputo have been held without charge or trial for months or even years, the prison's management has admitted. Full text...

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