Society - Prison
  • 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...

  • ICRC assesses prisons in Equatorial Guinea
    30 may 2003 11:17:00
    Malabo- Equatorial Guinea (PANA) -- The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is on a weeklong assessment of prison conditions throughout Equatorial Guinea with a view of helping to improve them under an agreement signed in 2002 between the ICRC and authorities in Malabo. Full text...

  • Prisoners choir competition gets underway in Cape Town
    09 may 2003 09:47:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Cape Town was treated to a choir festival with a difference Thursday, as unlike the rest of the audience, a large contingent of policemen and guard dogs tensely watched the singers rather than enjoy their melodies, just to make sure they did not escape. Full text...

  • ANC urges govt to grant political prisoners amnesty
    16 april 2003 12:43:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The African National Congress (ANC) is urging the government in South Africa to implement its proposal to grant special amnesty to political prisoners following Pretoria's announcement of a once-off grant of R30,000 for victims identified in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's report. Full text...

  • Swazi prison clinics face drug shortage
    14 april 2003 14:32:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- The growing number of inmates in Swaziland's prisons has led to a "serious" shortage of drugs at prison clinics, Correctional Services Commissioner Mnguni Simelane disclosed Monday. Full text...

  • Nigerian prisoners from Thailand to undergo mental test
    02 april 2003 17:52:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Some 339 Nigerians transferred from Thai prisons last week are to undergo intensive screening to determine their psychological and mental stability, Nigerian prison officials said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Moroccan prisoners participate in AI's drawing competition
    11 march 2003 19:40:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Thirteen Moroccan prisoners participated in a drawing competition organised this year by the Moroccan chapter of the London-based Amnesty International (AI) on women issues, the rights group said in Rabat Tuesday. Full text...

  • Rwanda shuts down unsanitary prison
    26 february 2003 21:16:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwandan authorities Wednesday closed the prison of Kibuye in the Eastern province and transferred its 2,414 inmates to prisons in Gisenyi, Ruhengeri and Gitarara provinces. Full text...

  • Kenya releases 26 convicts, removes 195 from death row
    25 february 2003 15:07:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Keen about a national debate to scrap capital punishment, authorities in Kenya Tuesday unconditionally released 26 prisoners convicted of committing murder and robbery, after they had served more than 15 years imprisonment. Full text...

  • Rwanda eases congestion in prisons
    14 february 2003 21:02:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Rwanda has released 20,000 detainees since December last year in a bid to ease the congestion in its prisons, the country's Justice Minister Jean de Dieu Mucyo said here Friday. Full text...

  • Rwanda to shut down four prisons
    13 february 2003 13:18:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwanda will in March shut down several prisons in the country due to their unsanitary and dangerous ecological conditions, a government spokesman said. Full text...

  • Niger's president commutes over 1,000 prison sentences
    12 february 2003 19:20:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- President Mamadou Tandja of Niger has commuted the sentences of 1,147 prisoners as a goodwill gesture to mark the Aid El Kebir Islamic feast. Full text...

  • Pardoned Rwandan inmates to undergo civic rehabilitation
    20 january 2003 20:35:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- The 40,000 Rwandan prisoners to be released following a presidential pardon announced early January are to undergo a two-month civic rehabilitation programme before being effectively set free, legal sources here indicated Monday. Full text...

  • Diplomat: Zimbabweans in Botswana urged to respect law
    19 january 2003 12:04:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Zimbabweans residing in Botswana have been implored to respect the rule of law in their host country for the sake of peace and harmony. Full text...

  • 25 inmates freed after armed men attacked Liberian prison
    15 january 2003 13:27:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- A number of unidentified armed men have attacked a prison in the Central Liberia town of Gbarnga and forced the wardens to set free 25 inmates, a local newspaper reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • 12 genocide suspects for release in Rwanda on Friday
    14 january 2003 19:48:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Barely a week after the release of very old or sick prisoners suspected of the 1994 genocide, some 12,000 other Rwandan prisoners will be released on bail beginning next Friday, judiciary sources affirmed here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Press decries overcrowding in Mozambican prison
    02 january 2003 18:15:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The maximum security prison in the central Mozambican city of Beira currently holds more than double the number of inmates it was designed for, the independent news sheet Mediafax reported Thursday in Maputo. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe pardons 3,600 prisoners
    02 january 2003 13:01:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Zimbabwe government Thursday amnestied 3,600 prisoners to ease overcrowding in the country's jails. Full text...

  • Niger spends one billion CFA francs to modernise prisons
    27 december 2002 17:29:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger has disbursed close to one billion CFA francs for the modernisation of its prisons, the Secretary General of the Justice Ministry, Sidibe Soumana Dilarou, has disclosed. Full text...

  • Zambian prisoners survive on one meal a day, says paper
    26 december 2002 19:13:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Prisoners in Zambia's northern city of Ndola are living on a single meal a day because prison authorities have no money with which to buy them food, the Times of Zambia reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Prisoners escape from Maputo top security jail
    25 december 2002 16:32:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican police authorities on Wednesday claimed that "only" nine prisoners had escaped from the Maputo top security jail on Monday. Full text...

  • Taylor frees 300 inmates, including convicted murderers
    24 december 2002 17:00:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberian President Charles Taylor Tuesday ordered the Attorney General to effect a massive release of persons imprisoned around the country, including those convicted of murder. Full text...

  • Officials find Botswana prisons exemplary
    14 december 2002 11:34:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Penitentiary authorities in Botswana have cited overcrowding as the sole problem confronting the country's prisons, insisting conditions here remained a lot better than in prisons elsewhere in Africa. Full text...

  • Algerian government to close Serkadji prison
    12 december 2002 15:54:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- The Algerian government has announced the closure of the Serkadji prison in Algiers, as part of prison reforms in the country, officials said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Overcrowded jails leave tainted influence on Algerian prisoners
    29 november 2002 14:19:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algeria's rundown and overcrowded correctional centres face the danger of turning into breeding grounds of incorrigible criminals. Full text...

  • Appalling state of Ghanaian prisons
    26 november 2002 20:10:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- That Ghanaian prisons are in bad shape is no news, but the fact that successive governments have relegated improvement of the prisons to the bottom of the ladder continues to baffle the public. Full text...

  • Authorities say prison overcrowding is not unique to Morocco
    22 november 2002 17:17:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Overcrowding is the serious problem facing Moroccan prisons which held about 57,308 inmates by the end of 2001, according to official statistics. Full text...

  • 26 prisoners hurt in Algerian jail fire
    20 november 2002 13:50:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Twenty-six inmates have been hospitalised with injuries from Wednesday's prison fire at Algeria's eastern city of Tebessa, 700 km east of Algiers, witnesses said. Full text...

  • 60 freed Sudanese prisoners to return from Iraq
    10 november 2002 13:40:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sixty Sudanese convicts covered by a recent amnesty granted by Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein to all prison inmates will be repatriated to Sudan soon, officials said in Khartoum Sunday. Full text...

  • 20 corpses identified from Morocco's prison fire
    02 november 2002 16:09:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Moroccan prison officials have identified the bodies of 20 prisoners killed in Friday's fire at the El Jadida Prison some 200 km south of Rabat. Full text...

  • Fire outbreak kills 49 in Moroccan prison
    01 november 2002 18:21:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Forty-nine inmates were killed and 89 others injured in a fire outbreak at the El Jadida prison, 200 km south of Rabat, local officials reported. Full text...

  • Inmates riot at Malawi's Zomba prison
    28 october 2002 15:41:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Police and prisons officials in Malawi have launched a manhunt for four inmates who Friday escaped with a gun from Zomba Central Prison after overpowering warders. Full text...

  • Tunisian 'political' prisoners start hunger strike
    24 october 2002 23:46:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Two members of Tunisian Labour Communist Party (PCOT), jailed for being members of a banned political party, have started an indefinite hunger strike to press their demand for immediate and unconditional release. Full text...

  • African Prisons Associations meets in Burkina Faso
    19 september 2002 20:13:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The second joint conference of the African Prisons Association (APA) and Penal International is underway in Ouagadougou, assessing improvement in conditions within African prisons since the group last met in Kampala, Uganda in 1996. Full text...

  • Sudanese cameraman detained in Guantanamo Bay
    18 september 2002 18:16:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- A Sudanese cameraman is among hundreds of Arabs arrested in Afghanistan, now being held at the US detention facility of Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, some Khartoum dailies reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Kenyan Prisons to teach human rights
    17 september 2002 19:53:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya has incorporated a curriculum on human rights in the training programme of its prison staff, to make rehabilitation of offenders more humane and effective in line with modern correctional trends, a senior Prisons Service official said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Cameroon's oldest prisoner to be released Friday
    29 august 2002 23:06:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroon's longest serving prisoner Pierre Owono Mvondo walks out of prison Friday after 33 years behind bars, informed sources told PANA in Yaounde Thursday. Full text...

  • 14 die in Algiers jail fire
    01 may 2002 20:35:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Fourteen inmates were reported dead and 11 others injured in a fire that gutted a wing of the Serkadji prison in Algiers Tuesday night, an official said Wednesday in the Algerian capital. Full text...

  • Warders foil mass jailbreak at Yaounde Central
    24 april 2002 23:48:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Warders at Yaounde central prison Tuesday night foiled a jailbreak when several inmates awaiting trial for armed robbery were about to escape. Full text...

  • 20 detainees die in Algerian prison fire
    04 april 2002 10:50:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- A huge fire reportedly started by a condemned prisoner at Algeria's Chelghoum El-Aid prison, in the Constantine Prefecture, some 450-km east of Algiers, has killed 20 inmates and injured a dozen others, reliable sources said in the Algerian capital Wednesday. Full text...

  • Commission urges release of Burundi's political prisoners
    16 february 2002 11:17:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- An independent judicial commission has recommended the release of political prisoners filling jails in Burundi. Full text...

  • Namibia to improve penitentiary system
    07 february 2002 23:43:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibia, which has one of the highest incarceration rates in sub-Saharan Africa with 355 prisoners to 1 000 civilians, is to start a pilot community service programme later this year in a move to reduce the country's prison population. Full text...

  • Sudanese authorities probe prison mutiny
    09 january 2002 19:39:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudan's police chief, Gen. Full text...

  • Bouteflika pardons 116 prisoners on death row
    14 december 2001 21:41:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Some 116 prisoners condemned to death for violating the common law in Algeria, have been pardoned by President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, an official statement said. Full text...

  • Foundation secures release of 177 Libyan prisoners
    14 december 2001 21:27:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The International Foundation of Charity Associations (FKIAC), or the Kadhafi Foundation, named after Libyan leader Colonel Moammar Kadhafi, has secured the release of 177 Libyan prisoners convicted for various offences. Full text...

  • Mauritius to repatriate foreign prisoners
    12 october 2001 19:46:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Some 71 foreigners serving prison terms in Mauritius are to be repatriated soon, officials said Friday in Port Louis. Full text...

  • Eritrea repatriates sick Ethiopian POWs
    10 october 2001 20:45:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Eritrea announced Wednesday that it had repatriated 24 Ethiopian prisoners of war for health reasons. Full text...

  • South Africa plans hi-tech prisons
    10 october 2001 18:22:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African government plans to build new generation prisons, Correctional Services Minister Ben Skosana, whose ministry is also in charge of prisons, said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Five armed robbers given 360 years imprisonment
    27 september 2001 09:14:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Five armed robbers were sentenced Wednesday to a total of 360 years in jail after being found guilty in a cash-in-transit robbery on 26 July 1999 in Benoni in the East Rand. Full text...

  • Cholera kills 40 Ivorian prisoners
    26 september 2001 19:48:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- An outbreak of cholera killed 40 prisoners last week at the Man civilian prison, 585 km north-west of Abidjan, the official national redio reported Tuesday evening. Full text...

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