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54 freed in Afghan raid on Taliban prison in Helmand
At least 54 people have been released from a prison run by Taliban in Afghanistan's southern province of Helmand, where militants are in control of the majority of districts.
Bahraini court gives prison sentences to five anti-regime activists
A court in Bahrain has handed down prison sentences to five anti-regime protesters as the ruling Al Khalifah regime does not shy away from its heavy clampdown on political dissidents and pro-democracy activists in the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom.
Pakistan ex-PM Sharif sentenced to 10 years for corruption
Pakistan's former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was sentenced in absentia to 10 years in prison by a corruption court in Islamabad Friday, lawyers said, dealing a serious blow to his party's troubled campaign ahead of July 25 elections.
Top Gulenist suspect dies of heart attack in Turkish prison
A top suspect of the 2016 coup attempt against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has dies of a heart attack in prison, state-run news agency Anadolu reports.
Vietnam upholds sentence for prominent human rights activists
A Vietnamese court on Monday upheld prison sentences against four human rights campaigners convicted of attempting to overthrow the state, a lawyer said.
Bahraini courts give prison sentences to dozen anti-regime activists
Courts in Bahrain have handed down prison sentences to at least 12 anti-regime protesters as the ruling Al Khalifah regime presses ahead with its heavy clampdown on political dissidents and pro-democracy activists in the kingdom.
Egyptian court sentences former anti-corruption chief to 5 years in prison
A military court in Egypt has sentenced Hisham Geneina, the former head of the Central Auditing Authority, to five years in prison for allegedly spreading false news that purportedly harmed the Egyptian Armed Forces and the African country’s domestic affairs.
Brazil’s Lula spends first day of 12-year prison sentence
Leftist icon Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva spent Sunday as Brazil's first ex-president to be imprisoned for a common crime – and his cell was in the headquarters of the giant anti-graft probe that brought him down.
Lula begins prison sentence in Brazil after giving himself up to police
Brazil’s former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has handed himself in to police after spending two nights at the metalworkers’ union headquarters in São Paulo in defiance of an arrest warrant.
Pro-Kurdish Turkish legislator gets 18 years in prison
A court in Turkey has sentenced a lawmaker from the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) to 18 years in prison on charges of membership in the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militant group and spreading propaganda as the Ankara government presses ahead with a clampdown on members of the opposition party.
Turkey sentences actress to prison for insulting Erdogan
A famous Turkish singer and actress has been sentenced to 10 months in prison for insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a performance in 2016, the Hurriyet newspaper said on Thursday.
Japanese prisons cope with swelling ranks of elderly inmates
A gaunt, 92-year-old man in a wheelchair sunbathes in a narrow courtyard, motionless, his eyes closed. Nearby, a few dozen other elderly men with short grey hair exercise slowly as an instructor gently calls out, "Don't strain yourselves."
Leader agrees conditions for pardoning several prison inmates
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Saturday agreed the conditions and regulations for pardoning or reducing the sentences of several eligible Iranian prison inmates.
Saudi Arabian court sentences famous columnist to 5 years in prison
A Saudi Arabian criminal court has sentenced a prominent columnist to five years in prison on charges of allegedly insulting the royal court.
Iranian-American on leave from prison for medical treatment
Baquer Namazi, an Iranian-American dual national imprisoned in Iran since early 2016, has not been released from jail, the spokesman of Iran’s judiciary said.

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