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Three released from jail in New Mexico compound case

Three released from jail in New Mexico compound caseJudge Emilio Chavez ordered charges to be dropped against Lucas Morton, his wife Subhannah Wahhaj and her sister Hujrah Wahhaj because prosecutors had failed to follow a procedural rule after they were charged and jailed. “They’re out now,” said Megan Mitsunaga, a defense attorney for Subhannah Wahhaj. The three still face a criminal trespassing case in magistrates court in Taos County for building their makeshift settlement on a plot of land near Amalia, New Mexico, that did not belong to them, Mitsunaga said.



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Mueller says former Trump aide should spend six months in jail for lying to FBI in Russia probe

Mueller says former Trump aide should spend six months in jail for lying to FBI in Russia probeSpecial prosecutor Robert Mueller has recommended a former foreign policy aide to Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign be jailed for up to six months for lying to the FBI. George Papadopoulos had pleaded guilty to the charge in 2017 as part of a plea deal in one of the first indictments handed down by the FBI and Mr Mueller’s team as part of the investigation into alleged collusion between the campaign team and Russian officials. Prosecutors said in court filings the former aide severely hindered the early days of the investigation because he lied “at least a dozen” times in a January 2017 interview with the FBI about his contacts with a professor called Joseph Mifsud.



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Manhunt underway after notorious French gangster Redoine Faid breaks free from jail in dramatic helicopter escape

Manhunt underway after notorious French gangster Redoine Faid breaks free from jail in dramatic helicopter escapeFrance’s most famous gangster on Sunday made a spectacular jailbreak with the help of three heavily-armed accomplices who landed in his jail in a helicopter and flew out with him on board. Redoine Faid was being visited by his brother in Réau prison in the Paris region when the men burst into the room on Sunday morning and extracted him. A third man waited in the helicopter in the prison courtyard to watch over the pilot, a flying instructor whose aircraft the men hijacked in a nearby airfield and whom they forced to take part in the dramatic operation. It was the second time Faid, 46, has pulled off a spectacular jailbreak. In 2013 he became the country’s most-wanted criminal after he blasted his way out of another prison using dynamite.  He briefly took four wardens hostage before being recaptured six weeks later in a cheap hotel room. Faid, who has said he was inspired by US films such as "Scarface" and "Heat", was serving 25 years in Réau prison for his part in a botched 2010 cash-transport van robbery that he masterminded. The helicopter that extracted him on Sunday flew right across the Paris region from the jail southeast of the capital, before being dumped not far from Charles de Gaulle airport to the northeast of the city. The international 'wanted person' notice for French rober Redoine Faid Credit: AFP/Getty Images The aircraft was then set alight but was only partly damaged and the fire was extinguished when police found it a short time later. Media reports said the pilot had been released and was not injured. The prison courtyard it landed in was the only one not fitted with anti-helicopter nets as it is used by inmates only when they are being admitted or released from the jail. Spectacular helicopter jailbreaks became a regular embarrassment for French penal authorities until the late 2000s, but have petered out since prisoner exercise yards in most jails were equipped with nets to prevent choppers from landing. After the helicopter that flew Faid out of jail was torched, its occupants fled by car in a black Renault Megane which they later dumped in the underground car park of a shopping centre near the airport. They switched to a white van with the company name Enedis marked on the vehicle. A huge manhunt has been launched to track them down. All police and gendarme units across Paris were put on alert and ordered to set up checkpoints that “take into account the dangerousness of the fugitive and his possible accomplices.” The helicopter, Alouette II, abandoned by French armed robber Redoine Faid after his escape from prison Credit: GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT/AFP/Getty Images Faid’s brother, who was visiting him at the jail, has been taken into custody for questioning. A union representative at Reau told BFM television that "two men dressed in black, wearing balaclavas and police armbands" entered the prison to look for Faid and used a grinding machine to cut open the door that directly leads to the visiting room. Faid was serving a prison sentence for his role in the 2010 hold-up of a cash-transport van in the Paris area, in which a 26-year-old policewoman was killed. She was shot as the gang fled and used kalashnikov assault rifles to fire at police cars pursuing them along the busy A4 motorway. Two members of the gang are currently serving lengthy jail sentences for her murder. Faid has made several television appearances and co-authored two books about his delinquent youth and rise as a criminal in the Paris suburbs. In one of those published in 2010 he claimed he had given up his life of crime. Prior to the 2010 robbery, he had been released from a previous stint of a decade behind bars after convincing parole officials that he regretted his criminal past and was determined to start afresh.



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U.S. judge sends ex-Trump campaign head Manafort to jail pre-trial

U.S. judge sends ex-Trump campaign head Manafort to jail pre-trialBy Sarah N. Lynch and Warren Strobel WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A judge on Friday sent longtime Republican political operator and businessman Paul Manafort to jail pending trial after a charge of witness tampering, the latest episode in a slow fall from grace of a man who was President Donald Trump’s campaign chairman in 2016. Manafort, a target of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 U.S. election, has been indicted on mostly financial-related charges, including conspiring to launder money and defraud the United States. Manafort had been on home confinement in Virginia, and was required to wear an electronic monitoring device.



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Up-hill legal battle for Manafort gets steeper from jail

Up-hill legal battle for Manafort gets steeper from jailDevlin Barret, national security reporter for The Washington Post, talks with Rachel Maddow about the current criminal case against Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.



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Freed from a Venezuela jail, US couple arrive back home

Freed from a Venezuela jail, US couple arrive back homeAn American couple who spent nearly two years in a Venezuelan jail received a heroes’ welcome at the White House as they returned home Saturday after Caracas freed them in a bid to spur dialogue with Washington. “Very glad that Josh Holt is now back home with his family where he has always belonged. Sanctions continue until democracy returns to Venezuela,” Vice President Mike Pence wrote on Twitter.



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Mexican Mafia run jail crime like an 'illegal government'

Mexican Mafia run jail crime like an 'illegal government'LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles County jails are run by the sheriff, but the Mexican Mafia wields the power in the underworld behind bars.



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Malaysia's Anwar says Najib likely headed to jail

Malaysia's Anwar says Najib likely headed to jailNewly released Malaysian political heavyweight Anwar Ibrahim said Thursday he expects ex-premier Najib Razak to be jailed over multi-billion-dollar graft claims. In an interview with AFP a day after he walked free from custody — where he had languished since 2015 on what supporters say were trumped-up charges levelled at Najib’s behest — Anwar also said he would be back in parliament very soon. Anwar’s release on Wednesday capped an astonishing week in Malaysian politics that saw Najib’s long-ruling Barisan Nasional coalition booted from power in a revolution at the ballot box.



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Man accused of torturing his 10 children fires back from jail

Man accused of torturing his 10 children fires back from jail“I'm not perfect. No one is perfect. But I am not an animal. I am not a torturer. And I'm not a monster,” Jonathan Allen says. He and his wife Ina Rogers are being accused of abusing and neglecting their ten children.



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Iraq sentences French woman to life in jail for joining IS

Iraq sentences French woman to life in jail for joining ISIraq on Tuesday sentenced a French woman to life in prison for belonging to the Islamic State group, raising to more than 180 the number of such convictions of foreign women since the country’s defeat of IS. Djamila Boutoutaou, a 29-year-old of Algerian origin, told a Baghdad court that she left France with her husband, a rapper. Boutoutaou, who appeared in court wearing a brown headscarf, said she and her two children had been forced to live in a “cave”.



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