Thousands of inmates to benefit from royal amnesty
Well-known newsman Sorrayuth Suthassanachinda, red-shirt protest leader Nattawut Saikuar and former commerce minister Boonsong Teriyapirom, will receive sentence reductions after His Majesty the King granted amnesties to inmates nationwide to mark Father’s Day and His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej The Great’s birthday on Saturday. The Royal Gazette on Friday published a royal decree announcing pardons this year for about 30,000 prisoners, and sentence reductions for another 200,000, who include the three famous convicts. Sorrayuth who was jailed for eight years on Jan 21 this year, would see...
The Bangkok Post
3 Escapee Inmates Arrested For Robbery In Edo
Three of the inmates who escaped in the jailbreak of two prisons in Edo after the ENDSARS protests turned violent have been rearrested for robbery. The suspects, Osamuyi Omoregbe, Raymond Aimua and Omon Ayo, were among 34 suspects police paraded for armed robbery, kidnapping and cultism. Operatives of the Edo state police command has rearrested three inmates who escaped from the two correctional centres in Edo following the attack on the centres by hoodlums during the #EndSARS protest over alleged armed robbery. The state police commissioner Johnson Kokumon said the three escapees would be cha...
Virus outbreak hits 89 inmates in Ilocos Norte
Ilocos Norte logged 92 cases of the coronavirus on Sunday, the highest in a day in the province, and 89 of them were inmates at the provincial jail in the capital city of Laoag, where a virus outbreak was first reported on Nov. 26, officials said.The infected detainees did not show symptoms and contracted the virus from jail guards, according to jail officials.Due to the outbreak, the jail was placed on lockdown and was declared a critical zone. On Nov. 27, Gov. Matthew Manotoc put Laoag under stricter modified enhanced community quarantine indefinitely due to the spike in COVID-19 infections,...
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Hong Kong activist wins long hair fight with prison bosses
Hong Kong’s top court has ruled that a prison requirement for male inmates to keep their hair short is a form of sexual discrimination, ending a six-year legal battle by an ousted opposition lawmaker who was forced to crop his shoulder-length locks while behind bars in 2014.Five justices of the Court of Final Appeal on Friday sided unanimously with Leung Kwok-hung, nicknamed “Long Hair” for his trademark look, to grant him victory over the Correctional Services Department, which he took to court in 2014 after it refused his request to be spared a haircut.Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma Tao-li, who t...
The Bangkok Post
UAE National Day 2020: Sheikh Mohammed pardons 472 inmates
Dubai: His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has ordered the release of 472 inmates of various nationalities on the UAE’s 49th National Day.Essam Eisa Al Humaidan, Dubai’s Attorney General, said the initiative is in line with Sheikh Mohammed’s keenness to take such national occasions to enable the pardoned prisoners to resume normal life and help them reintegrate into society.He said the gesture will enable the pardoned inmates to get back on the right path as productive members of the community. “The amnesty is in ...
20,000 inmates erase gang tattoos
20,000 inmates erase gang tattoosRalph Edwin Villanueva(The Philippine Star) – November 26, 2020 – 12:00amMANILA, Philippines — More than 20,000 inmates nationwide have had their tattoos removed in a bid to reduce violence between rival gangs in prisons, the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) said yesterday.Data from the BuCor’s public information office showed that 20,113 prisoners from seven penal colonies have erased their tattoos.Of the figure, 12,584 are inmates of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City.The BuCor has launched “Oplan Bura Tatak,” which aims to prevent violence in crowded and...
California inmates paid millions in pandemic unemployment relief scam
Los Angeles (AFP) - California prisoners including high-profile serial killers and murderers on death row received hundreds of millions of dollars in pandemic relief funds in one of the biggest frauds in the US state's history, prosecutors said Tuesday.Investigators alerted to reports of illegal unemployment claims made from prisons under Covid-19 relief schemes discovered tens of thousands filed in the name of inmates, Sacramento County district attorney Anne Marie Schubert told a press conference."Hundreds of millions of dollars -- that may well amount to upwards of a billion dollars -- havi...
Dozens of inmates escape in Beirut jailbreak; manhunt under way
Sixty-nine inmates escaped on Saturday from a prison in Beirut, police said, with authorities still tracking dozens of them.The jailbreak took place from the Baabda Prison in eastern Beirut.So far, 15 escapees have been arrested and four others have turned themselves in, the Internal Security Forces (ISF) said in a statement.Five of the escapees died when a car they stole struck a tree in a region east of Beirut, ISF added. It is not clear how many were in the car at the time of the accident. One injury was also reported.A massive manhunt is ongoing to arrest the other escapees, police said.Ea...
Edo: Police Re-Arrest 18 Escaped Inmates, 30 Robbery Suspects
The Edo state police command has re-arrested 18 inmates who escaped from the two medium correctional centres in Benin, as a result of the jailbreak during the #EndSARS protest in the state.The state Commissioner of Police, Johnson Kokumon, who disclosed this in Benin, said the police also arrested 30 other suspects for allegedly involved in armed robbery and cultism.“We are not folding our arms and watch the hoodlums have a field day. Our main concern now is geared towards re-arresting the escapees and recovering the looted and other illicit arms and ammunition in circulation,”He said aside th...
Supreme Court declines to order virus safety steps for vulnerable Texas inmates
AUSTIN, Texas — The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to order Texas officials to beef up safety measures at a Southeast Texas prison where 20 inmates have died from COVID-19.Two at-risk inmates at the Wallace Pack Unit, which houses geriatric and medically vulnerable prisoners, asked the high court to reinstate a trial judge’s September order requiring safety steps that included disinfecting common areas, providing inmates with cleaning supplies, conducting weekly testing and enforcing social distancing and a face mask mandate.The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stay blocking the ...