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Algeria pardons over 100 prisoners under presidential amnesty

Algeria pardons over 100 prisoners under presidential amnesty

AFRICA, ALGERIA, FREEDOM, NORTHERN AFRICA, PAN AFRICA, PRESIDENT, PRISON
30 detainees with final verdict, 71 others who did not receive sentence to be released as of July 21 Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune pardoned 101 people Wednesday who were imprisoned for taking part in anti-government protests. A total of 30 detainees with a final verdict and 71 others who did not receive a sentence due to their activities during the protests by the Hirak movement were pardoned, according to Algerian state television, which cited a statement from the Presidency. Prisoners pardoned by Tebboune on the occasion of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha will be released as of the evening of July 21, the statement said. In March, Tebboune issued a decree calling for early parliamentary elections on June 12, less than a month after dissolving the People's Na...
Former South African president Zuma surrenders to police & heads to jail after tense standoff over 15-month prison term

Former South African president Zuma surrenders to police & heads to jail after tense standoff over 15-month prison term

AFRICA, CRIME, PAN AFRICA, PRESIDENT, PRISON, South Africa, South African Parliament
A convoy enters the homestead of former South African President Jacob Zuma in Nkandla, South Africa, July 7, 2021 ©  Reuters / Rogan Ward South African police have confirmed that former president Jacob Zuma has turned himself in. Sentenced to 15 months in prison for contempt of court, his initial refusal sparked a standoff his son said could’ve led to civil war. Zuma was in police custody late on Wednesday evening, police spokesperson Lirandzu Themba told reporters. The JG Zuma Foundation confirmed this in a tweet shortly before midnight local time, saying Zuma “has decided to comply with the incarceration order” and was on his way to a prison in KwaZulu-Natal. https://twitter.com/JGZ_Foundation/status/1412890794114048005 On June 29, the Constitutional Court of South Africa ...
Lice and boiled beans: 21 days of imprisonment in Zimbabwe

Lice and boiled beans: 21 days of imprisonment in Zimbabwe

AFRICA, PRISON, ZIMBABWE
Jeffrey Moyo at the Harare Central Police Station after his arrest in Harare, Zimbabwe. Jeffrey Moyo is a freelance journalist based in Harare. The detectives from the Anti-Terrorism Unit hammered at my gate on the morning of May 26. They demanded to know how I had helped two foreign journalists enter the country. “Don’t waste our time,” one of the three policemen told me menacingly as they ordered me to accompany them to Harare’s Central Police Station. “Don’t act funny. Let’s go. Let’s go now.” I asked for permission to call a lawyer, the renowned human rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa. Fortunately she answered right away. She asked me to describe the detectives, and immediately knew one of them from past experience. The detectives ordered me into their car – a gleaming new ...
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