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Libya force frees prisoners in reconciliation gesture

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Forces in Zawiya in western Libya on Wednesday released more than 100 captives taken from Khalifa Haftar’s eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA) to solidify...

Uganda says 219 prisoners escape, some with guns and ammunition

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Prisoners in a Ugandan jail overpowered their guards and 219 of them escaped with at least 15 guns, but two were killed after security...

DR Congo prisoners starve to death

Fifty-two inmates of a prison in north-eastern DR Congo city Bunia starved to death this year because of insufficient government funding, according to the...

Lock up or release? Coronavirus, prisoner quandary

The rapid spread of coronavirus is piling pressure on criminal justice systems globally and seen a flood of prisoner releases, with the US, Canada...

Houthi prisoners freed

A Saudi-led military coalition said it freed 200 prisoners from the Iran-aligned Houthi movement in a move that could further efforts to end the...

Sisi pardons 560 prisoners

Egypt President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi pardoned 560 prisoners, the majority accused of supporting the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, two judicial sources said. Of those pardoned, 482...

LNA fighters taken prisoner in Tripoli

An offensive by eastern forces on Libyan capital Tripoli stalled in the face of strong resistance and the internationally recognised government said it took...

Sisi pardons thousands ahead of Eid

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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi pardoned 3477 prisoners before the Eid al-Fitr holiday, many of them imprisoned for debt, the interior ministry...

Seven hundred plus prisoners pardoned in Egypt

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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi pardoned 712 prisoners, the state news agency MENA said with security sources saying many of those freed...

More than 300 prisoners pardoned in Egypt

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Egypt President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi pardoned more than 330 people, many of them youths jailed for demonstrating in recent years. He told...

All Sudan political prisoners to be released

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Sudan President Omar al-Bashir has ordered the release of all political prisoners in the country, state news agency SUNA said. The decision came...

Thousands of Zimbabwe prisoners pardoned

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Zimbabwe's new president Emmerson Mnangagwa pardoned up to 3,000 prisoners, including most female inmates, in his first act of clemency, a government...

SA officials in court for illegally releasing parolees

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The law enforcement agencies have nabbed nine officials from the Department of Home Affairs and the Department of Correctional Services for illegally...

Sudan to release political prisoners

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Sudanese authorities said more than 80 political prisoners would be released from jails in Khartoum, a week after the country appointed a...

Boko Haram suspects released for rehabilitation

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A Nigerian court released 475 people allegedly affiliated with Boko Haram for rehabilitation, the justice ministry said, as the country's biggest legal...

Ethiopia to pardon 700 plus prisoners

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Ethiopia will release 746 prisoners, including a journalist and a senior opposition official jailed for conspiracy to commit terrorist acts, the attorney...

South Sudan rebel group releases prisoners

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A South Sudanese rebel group released 15 army soldiers it had been holding to yhe International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC),...

Egypt’s Sisi pardons 502 prisoners including well-known tycoon

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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has pardoned 502 prisoners before the Eid al-Fitr holiday including prominent businessman Hesham Talaat Moustafa, according to...

More Gambian political prisoners released

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Gambia's high court released a further 12 political prisoners on Tuesday, their lawyer said, adding to hopes of an end to years...

Prisoners freed in Mali

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Suspected Islamist militants freed 93 prisoners during an attack on a jail in the central Mali town of Niono early on Tuesday,...

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