Dec 12, 2014

Venezuela raises death toll from prison drug overdose to 48

The death toll following a mass drug overdose incident in a Venezuelan jail last month has jumped to 48 from 13, the government said on Thursday. Prisoners at the David Viloria penitentiary center in the western state of Lara had broken into an infirmary ...

Former Madoff executive gets 10 years in prison

Dec 9, 2014

Former Madoff executive gets 10 years in prison

Bernard Madoff’s former director of operations for investments was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison and ordered to forfeit $155 billion. Daniel Bonventre, 67, was sentenced for his part in the company’s yearslong multibillion-dollar fraud, and four of his co-defendants are expected to ...

Nov 24, 2014

Iran frees British-Iranian woman who tried to go to volleyball game

Iranian authorities released a British-Iranian woman being held on bail, the semi-official ISNA news agency said. The report quoted Sousan Moshtaghian, mother of Ghoncheh Ghavami, as saying a judge released her daughter on nearly $30,000 bail ahead of an appeal. “My daughter has insisted ...

American citizen tries to escape from Namibian prison

Nov 4, 2014

American citizen tries to escape from Namibian prison

An American citizen attempted to escape from a prison in Namibia’s capital, Windhoek, but was caught, the country’s press agency said Monday. The Namibian Press Agency reported that Los Angeles native Marcus Kevin Tomas climbed a tree inside the Windhoek Central Prison and tried ...

Sep 9, 2014

Gambia lawmakers pass bill to jail gays for life

Gambia’s National Assembly has passed a bill imposing life imprisonment for some homosexual acts, officials said Monday, potentially worsening the climate for sexual minorities in a country with one of Africa’s most vocal anti-gay leaders. The bill amending the criminal code was passed last ...

Aug 11, 2014

Saudi Arabia jails four for seeking to fight in Syria

Saudi Arabia’s Specialised Criminal Court has sentenced four men to prison for travelling abroad to fight in Syria’s civil war, local and state media reported on Sunday. King Abdullah decreed in February that citizens involved in fighting overseas faced up to 20 years in ...

Texas woman who sent ricin gets 18 years in prison

Jul 17, 2014

Texas woman who sent ricin gets 18 years in prison

A Texas woman was sentenced Wednesday to 18 years in prison for sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. A federal judge gave Shannon Guess Richardson, 36, the maximum sentence under her plea deal on a charge ...