Indonesian inmates cheer virus parole in dance video
Gorontalo (Indonesia) (AFP) - A group of Indonesian inmates celebrated their early release over coronavirus fears in a video that shows them dancing out of prison to a remixed version of music from Spongebob Squarepants.Swaying back and forth with smiles on their faces, dozens of inmates formed a makeshift dance line as they exited the Gorontalo Correction Facility on Sulawesi island last week.A remix of tunes from cartoon show Spongebob Squarepants and hip-swivelling traditional music known as dangdut plays in the background.The group were among more than 30,000 inmates recently granted early...
Ronaldinho finally out of prison in Paraguay
Dubai: Football’s ‘bad boy’ and former Brazilian and FC Barcelona star footballer Ronaldinho (Ronaldo de Assis Moreira) has been released from prison and placed under house arrest in Paraguay itself late on Tuesday.The Brazilian star, who celebrated his 40th birthday last month [March 21] in the country’s maximum security Agrupacion Especializada prison, had been detained for alleged use of a fake Paraguayan passport.The World Cup winner had been arrested along with his older brother Roberto (49) at the beginning of March on his arrival to Asuncion, Paraguay’s capital city, for “using a public...
First inmate at federal prison in N.J. tests positive for coronavirus
The first inmate at one of New Jersey’s federal prisons has tested positive for coronavirus, according to the federal Bureau of Prisons.The agency said an inmate at Fort Dix federal correctional institutionin Burlington County tested positive for the viruson April 7. There are nearly 3,000 inmates at the low-security federal prison.One employee at the prison has also tested positive for COVID-19, according to the bureau’s website.It is unclear how many inmates or employees have been tested at Fort Dix or New Jersey’s other federal prison, Fairton federal correctional institution, a medium-secu...
Martin Shkreli: Free me from prison and I’ll cure coronavirus
The whole world is waiting for the vaccine that can prevent the coronavirus, and almost all medical agencies around the globe are working to come up with one as fast as possible. We have had no success so far even though tests are underway. If a pharmaceutical expertis to be believed, then the ongoing efforts to find a COVID-19 cure are “inadequate.” Moreover, he claims that he could help find a cure for the coronavirus — provided that he is released from prison.Q1 2020 hedge fund letters, conferences and morePrison release in exchange for COVID-19 cureThe person making such claims is none oth...
Ronaldinho released from Paraguay prison
Ronaldinho embraced by a woman as he arrives at a hotel where he is to stay under house arrest in Asuncion, Paraguay, Tuesday, April 7, 2020.Brazilian football legend, Ronaldinho and his brother, Roberto Assis, have been released from prison in Paraguay.He was released after serving 32 days despite facing a six-month sentence over alleged fake passports.The Brazilian football legend is now placed in house arrest due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak which has claimed for more than 82000 lives worldwide.The 40-year-old reportedly paid a £1.3million bond after he, along with his brother, were ...
Haiti's crowded prisons a coronavirus catastrophe waiting to happen
Port-au-Prince (AFP) - Imagine the struggle of containing the coronavirus if it hits Haiti's hellish prison system, the world's most overcrowded, where filthy, sometimes windowless cells meant to house 20 people are teeming with up to 80, unable to even go outside for fresh air. The poorest country in the Americas has reported only one coronavirus death out of 25 recorded cases so far. But activists and officials fear the prison network is an epidemiological ticking time bomb.The system is a mess, from a new women's prison built in 2016 to crumbling provincial jails that over time have become ...
Ecuador's ex-president sentenced to 8 years in prison for bribery
QUITO - A National Court of Justice tribunal in Ecuador on Tuesday sentenced ex-president Rafael Correa to eight years in prison for bribery.Another 17 people, mostly former aides, received the same sentence for accepting bribes from Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht in exchange for juicy government contracts, the national Prosecutor General's Office said on Twitter.They include Correa's former Vice President Jorge Glas who had been in jail since 2017 for corruption related to the Odebrecht case.Correa and Glas were also barred from running for public office for 25 years, precluding any p...
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Minister Lamola launches Covid-19 screening campaign at Sun City prison
Johannesburg - Minister of Justice and Correctional Services Ronald Lamola was on Wednesday expected to launch a Covid-19 screening campaign at the Johannesburg Prison.Lamola was to also conduct an inspection at the Johannesburg Management Area to ensure that inmates and officials adhere to the gazetted directions issued to address, prevent and combat the spread of Covid-19 in prisons.This comes after an official of the Department of Correctional Services at the East London Correctional Centre in the Eastern Cape tested positive for Covid-19. The infected official was said to be in a stable co...
Rivers COVID-19 lockdown: Two Carveton Helicopters’ pilots remanded in prison
The pilotsA Port Harcourt Chief Magistrate Court on Tuesday remanded two pilots of Carveton Helicopters in prison for allegedly disobeying the Executive Order issued by the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike aimed at checking the spread of coronavirus in the state.The pilots are Samuel Ugorji and Samuel Buhari.The Court presided over by Chief Magistrate D.D . Ihua-Maduenyi remanded the two pilots at the Port Harcourt Correctional Centre till May 19, 2020 when their trial will commence.Ihua-Maduenyi ruled that COVID-19 tests be carried out on the two pilots to ascertain their status.The Pilots ...
Ecuador ex-president sentenced to eight years for corruption
Quito (AFP) - Former Ecuador president Rafael Correa was sentenced in absentia to eight years in prison for corruption during his 10-year term in office, the attorney general's office said Tuesday.Correa -- who was president from 2007-17 but now lives in exile in Belgium, where his wife was born -- was one of 18 people convicted of bribery, the office said on Twitter.Correa, who has always claimed to be a victim of political persecution and accuses his country's judges of complicity, hit out at the sentence."I know the process and what the judges say is a LIE. They've proved absolutely NOTHING...