Posts Tagged ‘ political prisoners ’

China: Regime releases three detained feminist activists

April 13, 2015
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The Daily Mail [UK]    

"Chinese police on Monday released at least three of the five feminist activists detained for over a month in a case which prompted an international diplomatic outcry, one of their lawyers said. Wei Tingting, Wang Man and Zheng Churan were freed by police, said lawyer Liang Xiaojun, with the status of the other two not yet clear. The release indicates that the trio are unlikely to face charges. ... Police detained the activists -- all aged 32 or under -- shortly before International Women's Day last month as they were preparing to hand out leaflets about sexual harassment on public transport." (04/13/15)

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Political prisoner Barrett Brown has email access blocked by the Bureau of Prisons

April 8, 2015
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Liberty Blitzkrieg Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger  

"Since Barrett was arrested in September 2012, he has undergone an incredible degree of harassment at the hands of the feds, which are quite frankly not just exacting revenge on him, but also demonstrating how terrified they are of his capability, determination and courage. They want to lock this guy up and throw away the key, which is precisely what they initially tried to do by threatening him with over a century in prison. Ultimately, Barrett received a five year sentence earlier this year, of which he had already served about half. Being the guy that he is, Barrett has been conducting interviews from prison with various media personalities (with Infowars and Sam Seder), and most recently had been in discussions with Glenn Greenwald to write for the Intercept. This didn't please the Bureau of Prisons all that much, and immediately after his email correspondence with Glenn, his email account was suspended." (04/06/15)

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Chelsea Manning and the call of America’s conscience

April 7, 2015
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Antiwar.com Antiwar.com
by Nozomi Hayase  

"April 5th marked the five year anniversary of WikiLeaks publication of the Collateral Murder Video. The footage of a secret US military video depicted an Apache helicopter killing Iraqi civilians, including two Reuters journalists. It provided an uncensored view of modern war for the world to see. The light that shone in the darkness was the conscience of a young woman. Chelsea Manning (formally Bradley Manning) is now serving 35 years behind bars for her great public service." (04/07/15)

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Chelsea Manning is officially on Twitter

April 5, 2015
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Chelsea Manning Mashable    

"Wikileaks whistleblower Chelsea Manning is officially on Twitter ... kind of. Since opening on Friday, Manning's Twitter account has already attracted more than 18,000 followers at the time of this writing. Manning's profile photo features a black-and-white drawing of her with long hair. Since she is currently behind bars and does not have Internet access, however, that means Manning must call someone from Fort Leavenworth military prison to dictate her tweets. Communications firm Fitzgibbon Media is currently handling the account." (04/04/15)

http://mashable.com/2015/04/03/chelsea-manning-twitter/  

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Singapore: Teen abducted for “insensitive and disparaging comments”

March 31, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"A Singapore teenager, who criticised Lee Kuan Yew on social media soon after the former leader's death, has been arrested and will be charged with making 'insensitive and disparaging' comments about Christians .... Police did not give the teenager's name, saying only that he was 16, but Singapore's Straits Times newspaper and other media identified him as Amos Yee. ... He will be charged on Tuesday with offences that include intentionally wounding the religious or racial feelings of another person or group, and could face up to three years in jail, police said in a statement." (03/31/15)

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Prosecutors: Undercover agents pocketed Bitcoin while investigating Silk Road

March 31, 2015
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New York Daily News    

"Two crooked former federal agents stole bitcoins during their investigation of the online drug bazaar Silk Road, the Department of Justice charged Monday. Drug Enforcement Agency special agent Carl Force, 46, sold information to Ross Ulbricht -- the convicted operator of the now-shuttered site -- while simultaneously investigating him while working undercover, prosecutors said. Force, of Baltimore, also ordered a Silk Road customer's account frozen and transferred the person’s funds to his own personal account, prosecutors said. Former U.S. Secret Service special agent Shaun W. Bridges, 32, of Laurel, Maryland, meanwhile, transferred more than $800,000 in bitcoins that he gained control of during the investigation to his own account, the Department of Justice said in a release." [editor's note: So the complaint seems to be that these two thugs raked off a little bit of their gangs' much larger thefts? - TLK] (03/30/15)

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France: Political prisoner Dieudonne convicted of telling joke

March 18, 2015
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euronews [EU]    

"French comedian Dieudonne has been given a two-month suspended jail sentence after being found guilty of condoning terrorism by a Paris court. Days after the Paris terror attacks he wrote on Facebook that he 'felt like Charlie Coulibaly,' the last name referring to one of the gunmen." (03/18/15)

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Myanmar: Court jails three over “insult to Buddhism”

March 17, 2015
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Deutsche Welle [Germany]    

"A Yangon court on Tuesday sentenced a New Zealand bar manager and his two local colleagues to more than two years hard labor for insulting Buddhism by using the embellished image of the iconic sage to promote cheap drinks. The trial centered over a social media posting promoting the V Gastro bar in the former capital city, in which a Buddha was depicted wearing a pair of DJ headphones amid psychedelic colors. ... About half a dozen monks and hard line Buddhists gathered outside the Yangon court and applauded Tuesday's verdict. ... Human rights groups say the trial symbolizes growing religious intolerance in Myanmar, with a growing Buddhist nationalist political movement that often targets Muslim communities." (03/17/15)

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Egypt: Court sentences Muslim Brotherhood leader, 13 others to death

March 16, 2015
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Epoch Times    

"Egypt’s official news agency says a criminal court has sentenced 14 people, including the leader of the country’s banned Muslim Brotherhood, to death. The Giza Criminal Court issued its decision on Monday, however the court set an April 11 date to formally issue the ruling after consulting with the country's grand mufti; the mufti reviews all death penalty cases, but his ruling is not binding." (03/16/15)

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Sweden: Prosecutor requests permission to question Assange at London embassy

March 13, 2015
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Wikileaks Deutsche Welle [Germany]    

"A Swedish prosecutor said on Friday that she had asked permission to question Julian Assange at the Ecuadorean embassy in the British capital, where he has taken refuge since losing a legal battle against extradition to Sweden in 2012. Prosecutors had previously refused to travel to London, but lead prosecutor Marianne Ny said time was running out to press certain charges against Assange, as their statue of limitations will be reached in August. ... One of Assange's defense lawyers, Per Samuelson, welcomed Friday's offer, saying his client would probably accept it. 'It's something that we have been asking for four years,' Per Samuelsson, one of Assange's lawyers, told the Swedish daily Aftonbladet. 'This is the way to go so that he is (proven) innocent.'" (03/13/15)

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Myanmar: Police attack student protesters again

March 10, 2015
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Toronto Star [Canada]    

"Hundreds of riot police charged at students protesting [Myanmar]'s new education law on Tuesday, pummeling them with batons and then dragging them into trucks, bringing a quick, harsh end to a weeklong standoff. Authorities said more than 120 people were arrested. Security forces threw stones and jumped over fences as they broke up the demonstration. Dozens of students and monks were chased into a Buddhist monastery, said Honey Oo, a student leader. ... In January, about a hundred students started marching from [Myanmar]'s second biggest city, Mandalay, to the old capital, Yangon, to protest a new law that puts all decisions about education policy and curriculum in the hands of a group largely made up of government ministers, which critics say undermines the autonomy of universities. The demonstrators were joined by monks and other activists, bringing their number to around 200 in the last nine days, when they were blocked by police and began a sit-in on a road near a monastery in Letpadan, about 140 kilometres north of Yangon." (03/10/15)

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Turkey: Former Miss Turkey faces prison for “insulting” Erdogan

February 25, 2015
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The Telegraph [UK]    

"Merve Buyuksarac, an industrial designer and writer, faces up to two years in prison for an Instagram post that prosecutors claim 'insulted' Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish president, her lawyer said. The former Miss Turkey is accused of the crime of insulting a public official and Umut Tepe, an Istanbul prosecutor, is demanding that she is charged and given a sentence of one to two years in prison, according to Emre Telci." (02/25/15)

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Thailand: Two who staged play convicted of insulting monarchy

February 23, 2015
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San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle    

"A court in Thailand sentenced two theater activists to two and a half years in prison on Monday on charges of insulting the country's monarchy. The activists produced a play called 'The Wolf Bride' about a fictional monarch and his adviser. It was performed at Bangkok's Thammasat University in 2013 to mark the anniversary of a 1973 anti-dictatorship uprising led by students. Thailand's lese majeste law is the world's harshest, carrying a punishment of three to 15 years in jail for anyone who defames, insults, or threatens the monarchy." (02/23/15)

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Egypt: Fattah sentenced to five years

February 23, 2015
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Telegraph [UK]    

"An Egyptian court sentenced the country's most famous activist to five years in a maximum-security prison on Monday, in a verdict that lawyers described as a deterrent to anyone who wished to join Egypt's political opposition. Alaa Abdel Fattah, one of the 2011 uprising's most recognisable faces, was sentenced to five years in prison. Another 24 defendants received sentences ranging from three to five years. ... Fattah was a leading figure in the 2011 Arab Spring revolt that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak. He was first sentenced in absentia to 15 years in prison for participating in an unsanctioned demonstration, before a retrial was ordered." (02/23/15)

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Silk Road, online freedom, and why the prosecution (and conviction) of Ross Ulbricht should worry us all

February 23, 2015
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Reason Reason
by Nick Gillespie, Jim Epstein & Justin Monticello  

"The mother of the alleged 'Dread Pirate Roberts' spoke out prior to her son's recent conviction." [text related to a Flash video link that appears to be missing] (02/21/15)

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“US Marshals” gang to fence another 50,000 Bitcoins stolen from political prisoner Ross Ulbricht

February 20, 2015
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The Guardian [UK]    

"The US government on Wednesday said it plans to auction 50,000 bitcoins on 5 March, following the recent criminal conviction of Ross Ulbricht for being the mastermind behind the online black market known as Silk Road. The auction being conducted by the US marshals service is the third for bitcoins [stolen] in connection with Silk Road, which prosecutors said let customers buy and sell drugs and other illegal goods beneath the radar of law enforcement." [hat tip -- Scott Bergeson] (02/18/15)

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Venezuela: Caracas mayor arrested, opposition leaders say

February 20, 2015
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San Luis Obispo Tribune    

"Opposition leaders said Thursday that Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma was detained by federal officials and taken from his office. Their reports set off protests by some city residents, who began banging pots and honking car horns. There was no confirmation from the government that Ledezma, a member of the opposition, was taken into custody. Hector Urgelles, a spokesman for Ledezma's party, the Fearless People's Alliance, told The Associated Press that dozens of masked men raided Ledezma's office Thursday afternoon and without identifying themselves or showing a warrant for his arrest, carried him away by force. Urgelles said the party assumed Ledezma was being held by the national intelligence service in Caracas, but had no way to know for sure." (02/19/15)

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Colombia: US missionary arrested for alleged rebel ties

February 20, 2015
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ABC News ABC News    

"Prosecutors sought jail Thursday for a U.S. missionary who has worked for decades in some of Colombia's most dangerous regions, charging him with collaborating with the country's main leftist rebel group. Russell Martin Stendal, a 59-year-old Minnesota native, was expected to tell the presiding judge that the charges of abetting terrorism and rebellion were unfounded." (02/19/15)

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The bitter irony of Ross Ulbricht’s Silk Road sentence

February 18, 2015
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The Canal The Canal
by Adam Dubove  

"The name Ross Ulbricht, the alleged founder of Silk Road -- a virtual marketplace hosted in the Deep Web -- could have appeared next to Amazon's Jeff Bezos, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, PayPal's Peter Thiel, and many other entrepreneurs that are a touchstone when talking about innovation. Despite having fulfilled a market need, just like some of the most revered entrepreneurs on the planet, Ulbricht's name is now chalked up on the inmates list of a New York prison." (02/17/15)

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DoD officials approve hormone treatments for Chelsea Manning

February 13, 2015
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Miami Herald    

"Defense Department officials said Thursday that hormone treatment for gender reassignment has been approved for Chelsea Manning, the former intelligence analyst convicted of espionage for sending classified documents to the WikiLeaks website. ... The treatment would enable the Army private formerly known as Bradley Manning to make the transition to a woman. Manning changed her legal name in April 2014." (02/12/15)

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Egypt: Regime court orders release of Al Jazeera journalists

February 12, 2015
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"An Egyptian judge on Thursday ordered the release of two Al Jazeera English journalists who were jailed for more than a year on charges of aiding the Muslim Brotherhood. ... Their release comes less than two weeks after their Al Jazeera colleague and co-defendant, Peter Greste, was deported to his native Australia under a new decree that allows the president to expel foreign nationals convicted of crimes in Egypt." (02/12/15)

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Malaysia: Cartoonist arrested for tweeting criticism of Anwar verdict judges

February 11, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"Malaysia has arrested a cartoonist for sedition over a Twitter post that criticised the judiciary for upholding a five-year jail term for opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, who accused the courts of 'bowing to the dictates of the political masters.' ... Zulkifli Anwar Ulhaque, better known as Zunar, was arrested on Tuesday night after Malaysia's police chief ordered an investigation into his Malay-language tweet that suggested the judges had been paid off by politicians. 'Profits from the lords of politics must be lucrative,' read the tweet, in part." (02/11/15)

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Free Ruslan Kotsaba!

February 11, 2015
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Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"A well-respected reporter for Ukraine's Channel 112, Kotsaba made a video denouncing the war as 'fratricide' in which he declared 'Don't bother sending me a draft notice' and urged Ukrainians to refuse to go. Ultra-nationalists went crazy, and apparently one Taras Demyaniv -- who belongs to a 'reenactment' group that idolizes the Galician SS, collaborators with the Nazi occupiers of Ukraine during World War II -- dropped a dime on Kotsaba, who was promptly brought up on charges of 'high treason' and espionage. If you read the court transcript of Kotsaba's hearing, the idea that Ukraine is in any way shape or form a liberal democracy soon achieves the status of a sick joke." (02/11/15)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2015/02/10/free-ruslan-kotsaba/  

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Malaysia: Opposition leader loses appeal of show trial sodomy conviction

February 10, 2015
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Toronto Star [Canada]    

"Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim began a 5-year prison sentence on Tuesday after a court rejected his final appeal against a sodomy conviction, a decision he called a 'murder of judicial independence' and human rights groups condemned as unjust. The case was widely seen at home and abroad as politically motivated to eliminate any threats to the ruling coalition, whose popularity has slowly been eroding since 2008 after more than five decades of unquestioned dominance. ... Anwar was acquitted by the High Court in 2012 but the Appeals Court overturned the acquittal in March last year and sentenced him to five years in prison." (02/10/15)

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Preet Bharara v. Ross Ulbricht: Who’s the real Dread Pirate Roberts?

February 6, 2015
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Thomas L. Knapp Center for a Stateless Society
by Thomas L Knapp  

"The pseudonym 'Dread Pirate Roberts' is drawn from the popular 1987 film The Princess Bride. Wikipedia summarizes the character as 'not one man, but a series of individuals who periodically pass the name and reputation to a chosen successor. ... the method works because Roberts'[s] notorious reputation inspires overwhelming fear in sailors. Ships immediately capitulate and surrender their wealth rather than be captured, a fate they imagine to be certain death.' For the sake of argument, let's assume that Ulbricht was, indeed, the operator of Silk Road as of his arrest. Who sounds more like Dread Pirate Roberts: The operator of a business connecting willing sellers with willing buyers, or the US Attorney who caged him and whose co-conspirators in the US Marshals Service auctioned off Bitcoin -- tens of millions of dollars worth -- stolen from Silk Road's accounts?" (02/05/15)

http://c4ss.org/content/35600  

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