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Oscar Pistorius bruised in a jail fight over telephone use

Oscar Pistorius bruised in a jail fight over telephone useJOHANNESBURG (AP) — Olympian Oscar Pistorius, in jail for murdering his girlfriend, was bruised in an altercation with another inmate over telephone use, a South African prison spokesman confirmed Tuesday.



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Ex-US base worker gets life in jail for murdering Japan woman: media

Ex-US base worker gets life in jail for murdering Japan woman: mediaA former US military base employee was sentenced to life in prison on Friday for the rape and murder of a local woman on the southern island of Okinawa, according to local media. The case has intensified longstanding local opposition to the American military presence on the strategic island, which reluctantly hosts nearly 75 percent of land allotted for US bases in Japan even though it accounts for just a fraction of the country’s total area. Kenneth Franklin Shinzato, a 33-year-old former US Marine employed at the US Air Force’s sprawling Kadena Air Base, was arrested last year for disposing of the body of the victim and was later charged for murder and sexual assault leading to death.



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Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy declines release from jail during trial

Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy declines release from jail during trialNevada rancher Cliven Bundy won a court order releasing him from jail to home confinement for the duration of his federal conspiracy and assault trial in Las Vegas, but he has opted to remain locked up on principle, his attorney said on Wednesday. U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro has ruled that the 71-year-old cattleman and three others on trial with him, including sons Ammon and Ryan Bundy, may remain essentially under house arrest, rather than behind bars, while the case proceeds in court. Ryan Bundy had already been released from jail to a halfway house earlier this month before he was permitted transfer to detention in the home of a court-approved host for the rest of the trial, which is expected to run through February.



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German court rules 'bookkeeper of Auschwitz' fit to go to jail

German court rules 'bookkeeper of Auschwitz' fit to go to jailA German court ruled on Wednesday that a 96-year-old German known as the “bookkeeper of Auschwitz” was fit to go to prison, rejecting his plea for the sentence to be suspended. Oskar Groening, who is physically frail, was sentenced to four years in prison in 2015 for his role in the murder of 300,000 people at the Nazi death camp Auschwitz. Prosecutors said in August that a medical examination showed Groening was fit to start serving his prison sentence, though Groening’s lawyer disputed that.



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'Chennai Six' former British soldiers released after four years in Indian jail

'Chennai Six' former British soldiers released after four years in Indian jailSix former British soldiers working as part of a private security team protecting ships from piracy have been released from prison in India after serving four years for possessing weapons. The "Chennai Six", who  had all previously served in either the Parachute or Yorkshire Regiments, were acquitted on Monday and told by a judge to apply to get their passports returned, ending a long wait for them and their families in the UK. Billy Irving, 37, Nick Dunn, 31, John Armstrong, 30, Nicholas Simpson, 47, Ray Tindall, 42, and Paul Towers, 54, were among 35 imprisoned in October 2013 while working as security on commercial ships to protect against pirates in the Indian Ocean. They were jailed in 2013 along with 14 Estonian, 12 Indian and three Ukrainian colleagues when their vessel, the MV Seaman Guard Ohio, was boarded by the Indian Navy for entering its waters without permission. All the men worked for AdvanFort, a maritime security company. Indian authorities found weapons and ammunition on board and the men were charged with possession of illegal firearms. Following an initial conviction the charges were quashed when the men argued they had the right permits and clearance for them as they were an anti-piracy unit. Yvonne McHugh, centre, the girlfriend of Billy Irving who is being held in a prison in Chennai in India, is joined by family members of other prisoners of the so-called Chennai Six ahead of the verdict in their appeal Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA But they they were later reconvicted when a lower court reinstated the charges, as the Indian justice system, both in the southern state of Tamil Nadu and nationally, moved their case between courts and judges. Monday’s decision by the Madurai bench of the High Court in Chennai said the 35 crew members could now apply to get back their passports. Money spent on fines would also be reimbursed, the court ruled. David McMullen, Coordinator for the 'Chennai6' Campaign, said: “Absolutely fantastic news. It was a bit of a blur for a second when I first heard. Having campaigned for so long and seen what the families have gone through it’s amazing we’ve finally got them free.” On hearing the news at their family home in Britain, Yvonne McHugh, partner of Billy Irving said she was over the moon. “They’ve all been acquitted, all 35 of them,” she said. “We are just waiting to hear how soon they’ll be home. That’s the biggest hurdle we faced and all of them have been acquitted.” Lisa Dunn, the sister of Nick Dunn, said: "The longer it went on, as much as you still have an element of hope, it does dwindle after having so many delays and setbacks. It will make all of our Christmases. All of our dreams have come true today." Downing Street welcomed the decision. Theresa May's official spokesman said: "The Government, from the Prime Minister down, has worked hard for over four years to support the men and their families and we share their happiness at the court's decision to give a full acquittal to each of the men. "We are now working with the Indian authorities to discuss the next steps. We will continue to offer the men and their families consular assistance for as long as it is needed."



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Disrespecting China's anthem can now cost 3 years jail

Disrespecting China's anthem can now cost 3 years jailChina has passed legislation to punish anyone who disrespects the national anthem with up to three years in prison, state media reported Saturday. The changes to China’s criminal law were approved during a committee meeting of the country’s rubberstamp parliament, the National People’s Congress (NPC), according to the official Xinhua news agency. “Serious cases of disrespecting the country’s national anthem in public would get punishments including deprivation of political rights, criminal detention, and imprisonment of up to three years,” it said.



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Prosecutors urge court to increase 'shockingly lenient' jail sentence for Oscar Pistorius

Prosecutors urge court to increase 'shockingly lenient' jail sentence for Oscar PistoriusSouth Africa's Supreme Court heard on Friday that the six year sentence handed to disabled athlete Oscar Pistorius for killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp,  was “shockingly lenient." Andrea Johnson, a state prosecutor leading an appeal for a tougher prison term, told the court in Bloemfontein that Judge Thokozile Masipa had “misdirected herself” when she handed down a six year sentence for the murder last year. Ms Johnson said: "It was a brutal murder of an innocent woman who had nowhere to hide. It was a senseless killing." Originally Judge Masipa found Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide but the state appealed and the Supreme Court changed the charge to murder. Judge Masipa has since retired.  June Steenkamp, mother of Reeva Steenkamp, at the High Court of Appeal in South Africa on Friday Credit: AP Pistorius shot Ms Steenkamp, 29, a model and his girlfriend of less then three months, while she was in his small bathroom cubicle in his apartment in Pretoria in the early hours of Valentine’s Day in 2013.  He was initially convicted of culpable homicide. The conviction was changed to murder in 2016 after prosecutors appealed the original sentence.  Ms Johnson argued that Judge Masipa did not acknowledge the brutality of the crime when she handed down the six year sentence last year, as Pistorius used a high calibre weapon and ammunition designed to "mushroom on striking a soft target such as human flesh".  Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp in November 2012, three months before he killed her Credit: LUCKY NXUMALO/AFP Pistorius, who is now 30, is known as the ‘blade runner” for his championship sprinting on special prosthetic legs. He is serving his sentence under special conditions because of his disability.  Ms Johnson said Pistorius had shown no “genuine” remorse.   Ronnie Bosielo, the judge who who heads up the five-strong court bench, said: "I am still at a loss. I ask myself why did he fire four times?  He made several attempts to apologise to the (Steenkamp) family. What more must he do?”  Barry Roux, the lawyer who appeared for Pistorius, told the court his client "had no intention to kill Reeva Steenkamp willingly and intentionally as he believed she was an intruder.”  The state argued the sentence for the murder of Reeva Steenkamp should be extended to 15 years.  Judgement was reserved on Friday. 



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Prosecutors urge court to increase 'shockingly lenient' jail sentence for Oscar Pistorius

Prosecutors urge court to increase 'shockingly lenient' jail sentence for Oscar PistoriusSouth Africa's Supreme Court heard on Friday that the six year sentence handed to disabled athlete Oscar Pistorius for killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp,  was “shockingly lenient." Andrea Johnson, a state prosecutor leading an appeal for a tougher prison term, told the court in Bloemfontein that Judge Thokozile Masipa had “misdirected herself” when she handed down a six year sentence for the murder last year. Ms Johnson said: "It was a brutal murder of an innocent woman who had nowhere to hide. It was a senseless killing." Originally Judge Masipa found Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide but the state appealed and the Supreme Court changed the charge to murder. Judge Masipa has since retired.  June Steenkamp, mother of Reeva Steenkamp, at the High Court of Appeal in South Africa on Friday Credit: AP Pistorius shot Ms Steenkamp, 29, a model and his girlfriend of less then three months, while she was in his small bathroom cubicle in his apartment in Pretoria in the early hours of Valentine’s Day in 2013.  He was initially convicted of culpable homicide. The conviction was changed to murder in 2016 after prosecutors appealed the original sentence.  Ms Johnson argued that Judge Masipa did not acknowledge the brutality of the crime when she handed down the six year sentence last year, as Pistorius used a high calibre weapon and ammunition designed to "mushroom on striking a soft target such as human flesh".  Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp in November 2012, three months before he killed her Credit: LUCKY NXUMALO/AFP Pistorius, who is now 30, is known as the ‘blade runner” for his championship sprinting on special prosthetic legs. He is serving his sentence under special conditions because of his disability.  Ms Johnson said Pistorius had shown no “genuine” remorse.   Ronnie Bosielo, the judge who who heads up the five-strong court bench, said: "I am still at a loss. I ask myself why did he fire four times?  He made several attempts to apologise to the (Steenkamp) family. What more must he do?”  Barry Roux, the lawyer who appeared for Pistorius, told the court his client "had no intention to kill Reeva Steenkamp willingly and intentionally as he believed she was an intruder.”  The state argued the sentence for the murder of Reeva Steenkamp should be extended to 15 years.  Judgement was reserved on Friday. 



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China mulls three years' jail for anthem disrespect

China mulls three years' jail for anthem disrespectDisrespecting China’s national anthem could carry a prison sentence of up to three years under a new draft law amendment, which may also affect Hong Kong and Macau, state media reported Tuesday. Some football fans in the self-governing city have booed the Chinese anthem when it was played at matches, despite appeals for restraint. China has been fine-tuning legislation on the proper way and place to sing its national anthem, recently tightening rules that already bar people from performing it at parties, weddings and funerals.



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Scot given three-month jail sentence for touching Dubai man's hip

Scot given three-month jail sentence for touching Dubai man's hipA British man has been sentenced to three months in prison in Dubai for touching a man's hip in a bar, according to campaigners. Jamie Harron, from Stirling, was arrested in July over the incident in which he said he put his hand on a man's hip to avoid spilling a drink in a crowded bar. The 27-year-old electrician had been working in Afghanistan and was on a two-day stopover in the United Arab Emirates at the time. After his arrest for public indecency he lost his job and was told he could have faced up to three years in jail. Campaign group Detained in Dubai (DiD) said he was sentenced to three months imprisonment at court on Sunday but lawyers plan to appeal. The group said Mr Harron is "angry, disappointed, and dreads what may happen next". He is not currently in custody while the appeal is considered, DiD chief executive Radha Stirling said. Mr Harron has already been sentenced in absentia to 30 days in prison for failing to appear at a court hearing for making a rude gesture and drinking alcohol during the same July incident. Unusual laws that tourists should be wary of DiD said the 27-year-old was not told about the court date in advance and that sentence is also being appealed against. In relation to the alleged public indecency charge, Mr Harron is said to have been holding a drink, moving through a crowded bar and held a hand in front of him to avoid spilling it on himself or others. He then "touched a man on his hip to avoid impact". He was initially jailed for five days and then released on bail with his passport confiscated. Ms Stirling said: "Now Jamie has been sentenced to three months; there is no telling whether a judgement on appeal will be better or worse. "He has already suffered tremendously as a result of these allegations, and now faces the likelihood of incarceration. "His family was unable to visit him during this critical time because they faced a very real risk of imprisonment themselves under the UAE's cyber crime laws which forbid criticism of the government. "At this point, Jamie will definitely be pursuing civil action against his accusers when he does eventually return home, as it appears that he will not be able to find justice in the UAE." She added: "He feels betrayed and exploited by the system, which did not investigate the reports of key witnesses in his defence and led him to believe that the case would be dropped." A spokeswoman for the Foreign Office said: "We have been in contact with a British man following his arrest in Dubai in July. We are providing consular assistance."



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