Posts Tagged ‘ political prisoners ’

Bin Laden’s son-in-law sentenced to life for saying stuff

September 23, 2014
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Chicago Tribune    

"Osama bin Laden's son-in-law, the most senior al-Qaida member to be tried in a U.S. civilian court, was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison, after proclaiming his punishment would result in 'unleashing the hands of hundreds of Muslim youths.' Sulaiman Abu Ghayth was found guilty in March of conspiring to kill U.S. nationals, providing material support to al-Qaida and helping recruit new members as the group's spokesman after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. ... U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan said the evidence at trial showed Abu Ghayth willingly joined al-Qaida in mid-2001, evacuated his family from Afghanistan before the attacks in the U.S. and agreed to work as a spokesman for the group after bin Laden summoned him to a mountain hideout on the evening of Sept. 11, 2001." (09/23/14)

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China: Uighur scholar denies separatism at trial

September 17, 2014
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Houston Chronicle    

"A high-profile Muslim Uighur scholar and government critic denied that he had encouraged separatism as he stood trial Wednesday in China's far western region of Xinjiang, where authorities say terrorists are seeking an independent state. Ilham Tohti, a former economics professor in Beijing, is accused of fanning ethnic hatred and advocating the overthrow of Chinese rule in Xinjiang. Ilham Tohti's supporters say he is a moderate who has sought a middle road in resolving the region's ethnic tensions and that his critiques of Chinese policy have always stayed within the law." (09/17/14)

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Egypt: Junta court sentences Brotherhood leader, cleric to 20 years

September 9, 2014
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Reuters    

"An Egyptian court sentenced a leader of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood and an Islamist cleric to 20 years in prison on Tuesday for attempting to kill two policemen, part of a government crackdown that has severely weakened the group. Mohamed El-Beltagy and cleric Safwat Hegazy were convicted of detaining and attempting to kill the policemen during protests against the military's overthrow of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi on July 3, 2013. The demonstrations at Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya were crushed by security forces, who killed hundreds of people." (09/09/14)

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Sweden: Court upholds Assange arrest warrant

July 17, 2014
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Wikileaks Ars Technica    

"A Swedish judge has upheld the arrest warrant issued for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. ... The Australian remains wanted in Sweden for questioning relating to alleged sex offenses dating back to 2010—however, Assange has not yet been formally charged with a crime. ... Assange has been holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he was granted asylum in 2012. ... He refuses to go to Sweden over fears that he will be extradited to the United States to face further potential charges relating to WikiLeaks’ publication of classified material." ()7/16/14)

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Briton jailed in US for operating web sites

July 16, 2014
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"A British cyber-jihadist has been sentenced in a US court to 12-and-a-half years' imprisonment after admitting terrorism offences. Babar Ahmad, of Tooting, south London, had admitted conspiracy and providing material to support the Taliban. Ahmad has already spent 10 years in prison in the UK and US and his lawyer thinks he could be released in about seven-and-a-half months. ... Ahmad, who spent a decade fighting against conviction, was accused of being the mastermind behind the world’s first English website dedicated to jihad. ... He was accused of operating the now defunct Azzam.com family of websites, established to spread jihad in 1996." (07/16/14)

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TX: Immigration activist abducted by “Border Patrol” thugs

July 15, 2014
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Time    

"Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist who became an immigration activist after openly admitting his undocumented status, was [abducted] by border patrol agents at a Texas airport on Tuesday as he attempted to board a flight. A border patrol spokesperson confirmed to the Associated Press that Vargas is being held after being [abducted] at the airport in McAllen, Tex., but had no other details." (07/15/14)

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Japan: Tokyo-based artist arrested for 3D printing her vagina

July 15, 2014
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TechCrunch    

"A 42-year-old artist named Megumi Igarashi has been arrested in Tokyo for transmitting 3D models of her vagina which, under Japanese obscenity laws, is considered illegal. She sent the files via email to customers who bought copies on her website. She was raising money to build a vagina-shaped boat. The files in question are, to be clear, fairly stylized representations of the female form, as is most of her art. Igarashi, who calls herself Rokudenashi-ko or 'Good-For-Nothing Girl,' began making the prints when she decided to explore her own sexuality and the role of the female form in Japanese culture." (07/15/14)

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Myanmar: Reporters sentenced to 10 years for criticizing military

July 11, 2014
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Daily Times [Pakistan]    

"Myanmar jailed five journalists to 10 years in prison with hard labour Thursday over a report accusing the military of producing chemical weapons, a sentence denounced by campaigners as 'outrageously harsh.' The reporters for the Unity Weekly News were convicted by a court in central Magway region under the former junta-run country’s official secrets act, amid concerns that Myanmar is backsliding on press freedoms." (07/11/14)

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Egypt: Junta’s kangaroo court sentences journalists to seven years

June 23, 2014
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Bloomberg    

"A court in Egypt sentenced three Al-Jazeera journalists, including an award-winning Australian reporter, to at least seven years in jail, heightening concerns national security is being used as a pretext to curb freedoms. Authorities had accused 20 people, including four foreigners, of terrorism-related activities in support of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, arguing they sullied Egypt’s image and posed a threat to its security." (06/23/14)

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Sweden: Assange to file fresh challenge in effort to escape UK political imprisonment

June 18, 2014
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Wikileaks The Guardian [UK]    

"Lawyers for Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder who on Thursday marks his second anniversary holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, are preparing to file a challenge to his detention order in Sweden in a move that could impact the state of legal limbo in which he is trapped. Jennifer Robinson, Assange's UK-based lawyer, told reporters that the legal challenge, which is due to be lodged with Swedish courts next Tuesday, was based on 'new information gathered in Sweden.' She declined to give any further details until the filing had been made." (06/18/14)

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The costs of a government-sponsored crisis

June 12, 2014
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Adam Smith Institute Adam Smith Institute
by Kate Andrews  

"Thousands of unaccompanied minors, who have narrowly escaped from dangerous, cartel-infested areas of Central America and Mexico, have been brought into federally-run boarder [sic] patrol centers, only to receive further inhumane treatment. The photos reveal that minors -- many young girls under the age of twelve -- are left unsupervised, crowded into caged cells along with hundreds of their peers, and forced to sleep on the ground. Since the leak, new regulations have come into effect. According to Patrol Agent Charge Leslie Lawson’s memo obtained by Townhall, steps were taken on June 6th to change procedures at one of Arizona’s border detention facilities: 'Effective immediately, the use of personally owned cellular phones, cameras, or reco[r]ding devices in the Nogales Dentition Facility and Nogales Processing Center is strictly prohibited.' Forget the living standards of the kids; Patrol Lawson decided to get tough with the whistleblowers instead." (06/11/14)

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An update on Ross Ulbricht

June 12, 2014
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Freeman's Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg  

"When Ross was arrested last fall, the FBI immediately publicized accusations that Ross was hiring hit men and had paid them to kill people. Millions of people heard this, and, understandably, thought it was a bad thing. Well, a funny thing happened on the way to court: Those charges vanished. In the final New York indictment, no such charges were included. The murder-for-hire allegation is now an 'uncharged crime.' It is mentioned in the indictment, but it is not a formal charge and (conveniently) requires no proof." (06/10/14)

http://www.freemansperspective.com/ross-ulbricht-drear-pirate-roberts/  

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Sweden: Pirate Bay founder abducted as threat to IP monopolists after two years on the run

June 1, 2014
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Sydney Morning Herald [Australia]    

"Peter Sunde, founder of file sharing site Pirate Bay, has been arrested following two years on the run after being sentenced to eight months in prison and fined several million pounds for copyright violations. Sunde was one of four Pirate Bay team members pursued by the Swedish police, who raided the Pirate Bay servers eight years ago, leading to criminal charges." (06/01/14)

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Thailand: Junta forces detain politicians, activists

May 23, 2014
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Guardian [UK]    

"Thailand's military has detained more than 150 politicians and activists and banned them from leaving the country, a day after the army chief seized power in a coup declared necessary to 'restore order and normality' in the politically divided nation. The group includes members of the prominent Shinawatra family, including former premier Yingluck Shinawatra, who was forced to step down two weeks ago. Those disobeying the army's summons were warned that they would be arrested and prosecuted, the army's new governing body, the National Peace and Order Maintaining Council (NPOMC), said." (05/23/14)

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Iran: Regime thugs abduct six over “Happy” video

May 21, 2014
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Times of India [India]    

"Police in Iran have arrested six young people for posting a video online of them dancing to Pharrell Williams' hit song 'Happy,' showing them on state television as a public warning to youth in the Islamic Republic. The song has sparked similar videos all over the world, with people dancing down streets and smiling in choreographed crowds. But in Iran, some see the trend as promoting the spread of western culture, as laws in the Islamic Republic ban women from dancing in public or appearing outside without the hijab. The government also bans some internet websites." (05/22/14)

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Chelsea Manning “may sue” over gender dysphoria therapy

May 20, 2014
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"A lawyer for convicted US document leaker Chelsea Manning has threatened to sue the Army if she is not given sex change therapy in military prison. Nancy Hollander said the Army had an obligation to treat Pvt. First Class Manning for her 'transgender issues.' And she said Pvt. Manning would not be safe if transferred to a civilian prison for treatment there. Formerly known as Bradley, Pvt. Manning is serving a 35-year sentence for leaking classified files to Wikileaks. After her conviction last year, the former Army intelligence analyst announced she wanted to live as a woman." (05/19/14)

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FBI’s huge hacker bust could be bogus

May 19, 2014
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The Daily Beast    

"Dozens have been arrested in a king-sized global hacker crackdown. But it’s unclear whether the charges against these supposed cyber criminals will actually stick. In one of the largest coordinated crackdowns in the history of hacking and law enforcement, hundreds of people have been raided, questioned, or arrested for being connected with a commercially available program that sells for as little as $40 on the open market. It’s called Blackshades, and it’s a remote access tool, or RAT as it is known in the computer industry. ... The arrests were trumpeted with press conferences on both sides of the Atlantic. But it’s unclear how many actually used the software for criminal activity -- instead of merely possessing it. And it’s unclear whether the charges against all of these supposed hackers will actually stick." (05/19/14)

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Egypt: Junta “courts” “convict” 170 in mass show trials

May 19, 2014
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Houston Chronicle    

"A pair of Egyptian courts [sic] on Sunday convicted [sic] 170 suspected supporters of toppled President Mohammed Morsi on charges over violent attacks last year, the country's latest mass trials [sic] ahead of this month's presidential elections. The convictions in the courts in Cairo and in the Nile Delta city of Kafr el-Sheikh are the latest in a series over recent months that saw hundreds of people prosecutors identified as Morsi supporters sentenced to death or imprisonment. In some cases, the verdicts came after no more than two hearings, drawing criticism from human rights activists and foreign governments as Egypt's military-backed [junta] continues its crackdown on Morsi supporters and his Muslim Brotherhood group." (05/18/14)

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Occupied Ireland: Adams freed without charges

May 4, 2014
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CBS News    

"Sinn Fein party leader Gerry Adams was released without charge Sunday after five days of police questioning over his alleged involvement in a decades-old Irish Republican Army killing, an event that has driven a dangerous wedge into Northern Ireland's unity government. ... police said they have sent an evidence file to Northern Ireland prosecutors for potential charges later." (05/04/14)

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EU: Egypt junta’s mass death sentences in breach of international law

April 29, 2014
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The Star [Malaysia]    

"The European Union's foreign policy chief said on Tuesday Egypt's sentencing of 683 people to death breached international law and urged Cairo authorities to ensure defendants' rights to a fair and timely trial. An Egyptian court sentenced the leader of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood and 682 supporters to death on Monday, intensifying a crackdown on the movement that could trigger protests and political violence before an election next month." (04/30/14)

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Is journalist Barrett Brown a political prisoner?

April 28, 2014
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Reason Reason
by Zach Weissmueller  

"Barrett Brown is a journalist and online activist who sometimes spoke on behalf of the 'hacktivist' collective known as Anonymous. He ran into trouble with the federal government in 2012 after posting a link to leaked material obtained from a hack of private intelligence agenices Stratfor and HBGary. Although Brown did not perpetrate the hack, the FBI raided his home and seized several of his laptops and and hard drives without charging him. What really incensed Brown, however, was when the government threatened his mother with an obstruction of justice charge for allegedly hiding one of Brown's laptops from FBI agents. Brown began posting a series of videos to YouTube, which are still publicly available. Because of these videos and some of Brown's online writings, the FBI raided Brown again and arrested and charged him with threatening federal agents in addition to several hacking charges related to posting the link. All told, Brown faced up to 105 years in prison." (04/28/14)

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Judge recognizes Chelsea Manning’s name change

April 23, 2014
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Chelsea Manning CBS News    

"A Kansas judge has granted a request to formally change the name of the soldier convicted of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks from Bradley Edward Manning to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning. The former intelligence analyst is serving a 35-year prison sentence for passing classified U.S. government information to the anti-secrecy website. Manning is serving the sentence at an Army prison in Kansas." (04/23/14)

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US Army general upholds Manning’s prison sentence

April 15, 2014
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Chelsea Manning Reuters    

"A U.S. Army general has denied clemency for Chelsea Manning and upheld the former soldier's 35-year prison sentence for [exposing the US government's crimes to public scrutiny], the Army said Monday. Major General Jeffrey S. Buchanan's decision to uphold the findings [sic] of Manning's 2013 [political show trial] will automatically send the case to the Army Court of Criminal Appeals, an Army statement said." (04/14/14)

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New Zealand: Court says US doesn’t have to show evidence to abduct Dotcom

March 20, 2014
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Reuters    

"Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom on Friday suffered another blow to his fight against extradition to the United States to face online piracy charges after New Zealand's highest court rejected his appeal to access evidence to be presented at the hearing. ... Justice John McGrath said in the Supreme Court's decision that a summary of the evidence had been provided and that was sufficient. He said Dotcom had not indicated why he could not fight the extradition charge without full access to the evidence." (03/21/14)

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North Korea: Regime abducts another Christian missionary

February 19, 2014
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Time    

"Australian missionary John Short was scheduled to return to China this Friday from a group tour to North Korea. But a day after landing in the country last weekend, the 75-year-old was questioned and detained, his wife, Karen Short, says. She got the news Wednesday when his traveling companion journeyed back solo. 'I pray for my husband to come back soon,' she told TIME. North Korea has yet to comment on Short’s case, but his family believes he was probably apprehended for carrying Korean-language Christian pamphlets into the secretive state." (02/19/14)

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