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Canadian ex-Afghan captive still jailed, hearing delayed

Canadian ex-Afghan captive still jailed, hearing delayedA Canadian man held captive for years in Afghanistan and charged in his home country with 15 offences remained in detention on Monday awaiting a bail hearing delayed to next week. The judge granted lawyers for Joshua Boyle, 34, more time to prepare for his possible release on bail and scheduled a new hearing for January 15. Boyle appeared for about one minute at the hearing via videolink from an Ottawa detention center, wearing an orange jumpsuit and sporting a wispy beard.



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Ex-Georgia leader Saakashvili jailed in absentia

Ex-Georgia leader Saakashvili jailed in absentiaA court in Georgia sentenced on Friday the country’s former president Mikheil Saakashvili to three years in prison in absentia for abuse of power. Saakashvili, who was president from 2004 to 2013, was found guilty of illegally pardoning four men who were convicted of the high profile murder of Georgian banker Sandro Girgvliani in 2006. According to the judge, Saakashvili promised the then chief of Georgia’s Constitutional Security Department to give the men pardons.



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Ethiopia to release jailed politicians to "foster national reconciliation": PM

Ethiopia to release jailed politicians to "foster national reconciliation": PMBy Aaron Maasho ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Ethiopia will release politicians jailed on charges including involvement in terrorism, its prime minister said on Wednesday — an unexpected shift in stance from the government, which has denied accusations it uses security concerns to stifle dissent. Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said the move was intended to “foster national reconciliation”. It follows recent protests over land rights and repression and ethnic clashes, and comes amid a political crisis that has seen some senior officials resign from the ruling party.



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British woman jailed in Egypt is 'on the verge of a breakdown', family says

British woman jailed in Egypt is 'on the verge of a breakdown', family saysA British woman jailed for three years in Egypt for smuggling drugs is on the verge of a breakdown after being sent to a prison "full of jihadi terrorists", her family has said.   Shop worker Laura Plummer, 33, from Hull, was arrested in the Red Sea resort of Hurghada after she was found to be carrying 290 Tramadol tablets in her suitcase, a painkiller which is legal in the UK but which is banned in Egypt. Ms Plummer's family said she was taking the tablets for her Egyptian partner, who suffers from severe back pain and had no idea what she was doing was wrong. Her sister, Jayne Synclair, said she feared she would not survive three years in prison. "Laura isn't the strongest of people, she's on the verge of a nervous breakdown, covered in scabs. "She's been bitten from head to foot in mosquito bites and she's like a ghost. "Her skin is translucent and the muscles in her legs don't work – they're like jelly." Shop worker Laura Plummer, 33, from Hull, was arrested in the Red Sea resort of Hurghada after she was found to be carrying 290 Tramadol tablets in her suitcase Mrs Synclair, 40, said Ms Plummer had unexpectedly been sent to the infamous Qena prison north of Luxor. It houses some of the most dangerous inmates in the country, including Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and Muslim Brotherhood members. "They have slyly taken her to where the British Foreign Office told us she would never be placed – but the Egyptian authorities have already moved her there," she said.  "Our biggest fear with this scenario has been confirmed – she will be sharing a tiny cell with jihadi terrorists and rapists. "'I honestly dread to think. Laura won't survive a day in there – let alone three years. She won't even make it through that – I can't believe they've even still sent her there." According to the family, Ms Plummer was also fined £4,500. They said her father had already paid out £25,000 to defend his daughter. The Plummer family has previously said Ms Plummer had no idea that what she doing was illegal and was just "daft". They said she did not try to hide the medicine, which she had been given by a friend, and she thought it was a joke when she was pulled over by officials after arriving for a holiday with her partner. Omar Abdel Azim, Ms Plummer's partner Mohammed Othman, Ms Plummer's lawyer, said he was optimistic she would not serve the full sentence. "The sentence is lenient considering Laura is on trial for smuggling and trading drugs, for which the sentence can be the death penalty or life, in jail," he told the Telegraph. Mr Othman said that he still needs to see the reasoning of the verdict but he anticipated that the judge would acquit if their appeal application was accepted. The family said they were planning an immediate appeal after Ms Plummer mistakenly pleaded guilty at a hearing on Christmas Day, due to a translation error. She fell to the floor and sobbed upon hearing the decision on Tuesday. "We're just hoping. Even half of that would be better. Anything less than three years," Mrs Synclair said. "She doesn't deserve that."



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British tourist jailed for three years in Egypt after mistakenly confessing to smuggling drugs

British tourist jailed for three years in Egypt after mistakenly confessing to smuggling drugsA British woman has been sentenced to three years in prison in Egypt after mistakenly confessing to smuggling drugs. Laura Plummer, 33, from Hull, was arrested at Hurghada airport in October carrying 290 Tramadol tablets in her suitcase for her Egyptian husband whom she said suffered from back problems. The strong opioid painkiller is available on prescription in the UK but is illegal in Egypt, where it is often abused as a recreational drug. The hearing lasted half a day and the judge at Safaga Criminal Court in the Red Sea resort deliberated for an hour before returning his verdict. British holidaymaker Laura Plummer, 33 The 33-year-old shop assistant sobbed as police guards led her in handcuffs back to her cell on Tuesday. “I just can’t believe it, she couldn’t do three months, now it’s three years,” Roberta Sinclair, Ms Plummer’s mother, told the Telegraph. “I’m in shock, I’m really in shock,” she added. “She (Ms Plummer) can’t believe it either. She said 'mum, there must be a mistake'. It’s not fair. She wanted to help, he is the kindest person.” Ms Plummer’s defense team said that they will appeal the decision as soon as the judge submits his reasoning, which could take up to 60 days. Standing before the judge in court on Christmas Day, Ms Plummer was asked: “You are accused of smuggling and possessing Tramadol to Egypt?” Misunderstanding the question, she replied “yes” and the judge then instructed the session clerk to record that she had confessed. Laura Plummer pictured with her sisters Rachel Plummer and Jayne Synclair But when the defence translator later explained the question again, she denied she was guilty. The case was adjourned for a day after Ms Plummer became too distraught to continue. In court on Tuesday, her legal team attempted to clear up the confusion, which they said was down to an inexperienced translator. They also submitted to the court her clean criminal record, a character reference from her employer, a letter from the Foreign Office indicating that Tramadol did not appear on Egypt’s travel advice on banned medicines, as well as a medical report for her husband showing he suffered back problems. Omar Abdel Azim, her husband, had testified before the court earlier on Tuesday morning, saying he had suffered from a herniated disc for five years. “I loved her (Ms Plummer) and she loved me. “She is my wife and she wants to relieve my pain. She had brought me ointments before,” he told the judge. “Last time, she was visiting, my pain had increased. She was trying to help.” Mr Dia al-Bassal, Ms Plummer’s lawyer, said there was a lack of criminal intent because she was unaware that the pills were banned in Egypt. He said the court could also not prove she brought them into the country to sell them. “It’s not logic that a British citizen would trade five boxes of Tramadol. The ticket she brought to come to Egypt cost more than the value of the Tramadol she was caught with,” Mr Bassal said. The family has previously said Ms Plummer had no idea that what she doing was illegal and was just "daft". They said she did not try to hide the medicine, which she had been given by a friend, and she thought it was a joke when she was pulled over by officials after arriving for a holiday with her partner. Mrs Sinclair said her daughter was being held in terrible conditions in a cell with no beds, sharing with up to 20 other women. Her family had been told that she could face up to 25 years in jail, with one lawyer even mentioning the death penalty. Reacting to news of the sentence, Karl Turner, MP for the family’s constituency Hull East, said the court's decision was "devastating". "Laura, most of all, will be absolutely devastated," he said, "She's not been well lately, she's sleep deprived and she's been very anxious. "I think it's a damning indictment about good sense and fair play."  



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11 Congolese Fighters Have Been Jailed for Life For Raping Dozens of Children

11 Congolese Fighters Have Been Jailed for Life For Raping Dozens of ChildrenA spiritual adviser reportedly told the men raping infants would give them supernatural powers



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Iran will treat jailed aid worker as Iranian citizen: foreign ministry

Iran will treat jailed aid worker as Iranian citizen: foreign ministryIran will treat a British-Iranian aid worker as an Iranian citizen and she will serve her sentence as determined by the judiciary, Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman said on Monday. British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson discussed Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s case with Iranian officials after flying to Tehran over the weekend to try to seek her release. “One of the issues that Johnson brought up in Tehran was the issue of Ms. Zaghari,” Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi was quoted by state media as saying.



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Woman who stole 'Make America Great Again' cap from fellow student could be jailed for up to a year

Woman who stole 'Make America Great Again' cap from fellow student could be jailed for up to a yearRiverside Country District Attorney’s Office has filed a charge of theft against University of California student Edith Macias, after she was allegedly filmed brandishing the red hat and condemning racism. Ms Macias said the message on the hat represented genocide. It was never f****** great, never,” she says in the footage captured by fellow student Matthew Vitale.



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Donald Trump Says He Should Have Left UCLA Players Jailed In China

Donald Trump Says He Should Have Left UCLA Players Jailed In ChinaPresident Donald Trump tweeted Sunday that he shouldn’t have helped orchestrate the release of three college basketball players from a Chinese jail after they were caught shoplifting last week.



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Hand over Gulen for jailed pastor, Erdogan tells US

Hand over Gulen for jailed pastor, Erdogan tells USTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told the United States Thursday that Turkey could release a jailed American pastor if Washington handed over exiled Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen who Ankara blames for last year’s failed coup. The US pastor, Andrew Brunson, has been held by Turkish authorities since October 2016 on charges of being a member of Gulen’s group. Ankara has repeatedly called for Gulen living in the US state of Pennsylvania to be extradited to Turkey to face charges of ordering the July 2016 attempted coup.



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