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Former Ecuador vice president hospitalised but stable, prisons agency says

Quito, Ecuador Reuters Ecuador’s detained former Vice President Jorge Glas was taken to hospital on Monday after he fell ill at a prison in Guayaquil, prison authorities said, just hours after his lawyers complained they had been unable to contact him. Glas, already twice convicted of corruption and now facing fresh charges, was arrested on […]

Thai tycoon Thaksin tastes freedom in homeland, 15 years after fleeing

Bangkok, Thailand Reuters Thailand’s billionaire former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra was released on parole on Sunday after six months in detention, his first day of freedom in his homeland 15 years after fleeing in the wake of his overthrow in a military coup. Thailand’s best-known and most polarising premier, the influential Thaksin has loomed large […]

Russia’s Navalny describes harsh reality at ‘Polar Wolf’ Arctic prison

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is seen on a screen via video link from the IK-2 corrective penal colony in Pokrov before a court hearing to consider an appeal against his prison sentence, in Moscow, Russia on 17th May, 2022

Moscow, RussiaReuters Jailed Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny on Tuesday confirmed his arrival at what he described as a snow-swept prison above the Arctic Circle and said he was in excellent spirits despite a tiring 20-day journey to get there.  Navalny posted an update on X via his lawyers after his allies lost touch with […]

Time behind bars for Cardinal Becciu? Not any time soon, experts say

Judge Giuseppe Pignatone reads the verdict of the Vatican corruption trial, at the Vatican, on 16th December, 2023

Vatican CityReuters None of the six people who received jail sentences at the end of the Vatican’s big corruption trial on Saturday will likely be spending time behind bars anytime soon and some perhaps not ever, according to legal and security experts. Several, including Cardinal Angelo Becciu, the most senior Catholic Church official ever to […]

Jailed ex-premier Imran Khan barred from Pakistan politics for five years

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan pauses as he speaks with Reuters during an interview, in Lahore, Pakistan, on 17th March, 2023

Islamabad, PakistanReuters Former Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan, who has been convicted and jailed on graft charges, was barred from politics for five years on Tuesday, an official order said. The order by the Election Commission of Pakistan, seen by Reuters and confirmed by a senior officer, said Khan was disqualified in line with his […]

Ecuador recovering remains after prison violence, death toll unclear

Relatives of inmates wait for news about their loved ones outside the prison in Guayaquil, after Ecuador's government on Tuesday declared a 60-day state of emergency throughout the country's prisons and authorised armed forces to retake control of jails, following a wave of violence that left 18 dead over the weekend, in Guayaquil, Ecuador, on 25th July, 2023.

Quito, EcuadorReuters Ecuador’s police said on Wednesday they had recovered 11 bodies and 29 body parts after retaking control of various cell-blocks at a prison in Guayaquil where members of different criminal groups fought over the weekend. The forensic effort at the Penitenciaria del Litoral prison is continuing to determine the official death toll, Cesar […]

Honduras military takes over prisons after dozens die in riot

Members of the Military Police of Public Order keep watch at one of the entrances to Tamara prison, after the Honduras Armed Forces took over the control of the prisons nationwide as part of the "Fe y Esperanza" operation, on the outskirts of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on 26th June, 2023.

Tegucigalpa, Honduras Reuters Honduras’ military began taking control of the country’s violent prisons on Monday, following a gang dispute that left 46 inmates dead at a women’s detention centre last week, officials said. Leftist President Xiomara Castro announced last week she would hand the military police control of the prison system, a departure from a […]

At least 41 dead following reported riot in women’s prison in Honduras

Security forces operate outside the Centro Femenino de Adaptacion Social women prison following a deadly riot in Tamara, on the outskirts of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on 20th June, 2023.

Tegucigalpa, HondurasReuters At least 41 people have died in a Honduran women’s prison, a spokesperson from the public prosecutors’ office said on Tuesday after an apparent prison riot. Authorities are working to identify the bodies at the Centro Femenino de Adaptacion Social, a 900-person women’s penitentiary around 20 kilometres from the capital city Tegucigalpa, spokesperson […]

El Salvador court sentences ex-President Funes to 14 years in prison

Former President of El Salvador, Mauricio Funes arrives at the Attorney General's office in San Salvador, on 3rd February, 2016.

San Salvador, El SalvadorReuters A court in El Salvador sentenced former President Mauricio Funes and his justice minister to more than a decade behind bars for their ties to criminal groups and failure to comply with duties, the Attorney General’s office said on Monday. Funes was sentenced to 14 years and his former justice and […]