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Govt to provide legal assistance to Pakistani prisoners in foreign jails, Senate told

ISLAMABAD: The Senate was informed that a holistic approach will be adopted to provide full legal and humanitarian assistance to the Pakistani prisoners languishing in foreign jails. Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari told the House on Thursday during question hours that consular services of Pakistani missions abroad will be upgraded for this purpose. She said a policy decision will also be taken to get in touch with different countries for repatriation of Pakistani prisoners. The Minister for Human Rights said…

Sri Lanka jails extremist Buddhist monk

COLOMBO: A Sri Lankan court on Thursday jailed for six months a Buddhist monk accused of inciting violence against Muslims after finding him guilty of intimidating the wife of a missing journalist, in a case seen as a test of the independence of the judiciary. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara, the secretary general of the hardline Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) or “Buddhist Power Force”, was found guilty of having threatened the woman, Sandhya Eknaligoda. “I have done my duty towards the country,” Gnanasara told reporters as he boarded…

UAE jails activist for 10 years over social media posts

RIYADH: Prominent Emirati activist Ahmed Mansoor has been sentenced to 10 years in jail and fined 1 million AED ($272,000) on charges of criticizing the United Arab Emirates government on social media, The National newspaper reported late on Wednesday. A trade and tourism hub, the UAE is an absolute monarchy that tolerates little public criticism of its ruling system and has prosecuted Mansoor and other pro-democracy activists for what it called insulting the country’s leaders.  Mansoor was among five activists…

Turkey jails 14 lawyers representing imprisoned hunger strikers

ISTANBUL: A Turkish court on Thursday jailed on terror charges 14 lawyers representing two detained teachers who have been on hunger strike for six months after being sacked in a mass crackdown. The case of Nuriye Gulmen and Semih Ozakca has become a rallying cause for critics of the purge that followed a failed bid in July 2016 to topple President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. More than 140,000 public sector employees have been suspended or sacked under a state of emergency imposed after the attempted putsch. The pair…

Ecuador jails Chinese fishermen found with 6,000 sharks

SANTA CRUZ: An Ecuadorean judge has jailed 20 Chinese fishermen for up to four years for illegally fishing off the Galapagos Islands, where they were caught with 6,600 sharks. The Chinese-flagged ship Fu Yuan Yu Leng 999 was apprehended in mid-August with some 300 tonnes of near-extinct or endangered species, including hammerhead sharks. The crew received jail time of between one and four years, the judge said late on Sunday. They were also fined a total of $5.9 million. Ecuador’s foreign ministry said it had sent a…

Hundreds of Palestinians in Israeli jails launch mass hunger strike

RAMALLAH: Hundreds of Palestinians in Israeli jails launched a hunger strike on Monday following a call from leader and prominent prisoner Marwan Barghouti, a Palestinian Authority official said. Issa Qaraqe, head of prisoners affairs for the Palestinian Authority, said that “around 1,300 Palestinian prisoners” were participating in the hunger strike and the number could rise. The Palestinian Prisoners Club NGO put the number at 1,500. Israeli prison service spokesman Assaf Librati said that 700 prisoners had announced…

JI chief wants truth behind Panama leaks in public

LAHORE: Emir Jamaat-e-Islami Siraj-ul-Haq has said that all those who got their loans waived off should be behind bars, ARY News reported. He was speaking to media in Lahore on Sunday. JI chief said, "Whether it be Panama, London or Dubai Leaks, the truth should be presented in front of the people." "All those who got their loans written off from the banks should be in Adiyala Jail," Haq said. He went on to say that his party will continue to raise its voice against economic corruption. The JI Emir stated that…