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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.
Turkish court rules local Amnesty chairman to remain in prison
A Turkish court has scrapped its decision to release Taner Kilic, the chairman of Amnesty International in Turkey, and ordered him to remain behind bars as his trial continues over terror charges, the international rights group says.
Angered by attacks on prison guards, French unions vow ‘total blockade’ of jails
Unions pushing for better safety and wages have vowed a ‘total blockade’ of prisons on Monday as their dispute with the government worsens.
Berlin officials under fire over 3 prison breaks
Berlin authorities came under fire Tuesday after a single city prison was hit by three jailbreaks or walkouts in a week, with five inmates still on the run.
Bahraini court gives prison sentences to two anti-regime activists
A court in Bahrain has handed down prison sentences to two anti-regime protesters and stripped them of their citizenship as the ruling Al Khalifah regime presses ahead with its heavy clampdown on political dissidents and pro-democracy activists in the kingdom.
Peru's jailed ex-president Fujimori taken to hospital
Jailed former President Alberto Fujimori was taken from his prison cell on a hospital on Saturday after suffering a drop in blood pressure, doctors said.
Turkey court sentences 15 soldiers to life in prison over coup attempt
A Turkish court has handed down life sentences to 15 soldiers for their role in a failed military coup in July 2016, which sparked a wide-scale crackdown.
Iran sentences former vice president to 63 years in prison
Iran’s former vice president Hamid Baqaei has been sentenced to 63 years in prison over misuse of public funds while in office.

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