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Rolf Harris released from Stafford Prison

Rolf Harris has been released from Stafford Prison. The TV entertainer is currently on trial on four counts of alleged indecent assault against three teenagers between 1971 and 1983 – but has been appearing via video link. Mr Harris, who denies all charges, will attend the trial at Southwark Crown Court in person from Monday. Jurors have already been told that Mr Harris, 87, was convicted and sentenced following a trial in 2014. The current trial, which began on 15 May, is not sitting on Friday. Let’s block ads! (Why?) ...

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Chelsea Manning: Wikileaks source freed from prison

Media playback is unsupported on your device US soldier Chelsea Manning has been released from prison after serving seven years for leaking hundreds of thousands of diplomatic cables and military files to Wikileaks. A US Army spokesperson confirmed to the BBC that she had left Fort Leavenworth military prison in Kansas. Most of what remained of her 35-year sentence was commuted by then-US President Barack Obama in January. Her lawyer earlier said she was excited but likely “anxious”. “She’s ready to finally be able to live as the woman that ...

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Syria's Saydnaya prison crematorium hid killings, says US

The Syrian government has constructed a crematorium at a military prison to dispose of the remains of thousands of murdered prisoners, the US has alleged. The State Department has released satellite images of the facility which it said was used to hide evidence. Rights groups say thousands of inmates have been tortured and hanged at the military prison outside of Damascus. Syria has not responded to the latest claims but it has in the past strongly denied any abuse at the jail. In February, Amnesty International said that mass hangings ...

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Jailed marine Alexander Blackman freed from prison

The Royal Marine jailed for shooting dead a wounded Taliban fighter has been released from prison. Sgt Alexander Blackman received a life term in 2013 for murder, but his conviction was reduced to manslaughter. The 42-year-old from Taunton, Somerset, served more than three years of a seven-year sentence. Judges at the Court Martial Appeal Court were told he had a recognised mental illness at the time of the killing in September 2011. Blackman – who was known as Marine A during the original trial process and fully identified when he ...

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Aaron Hernandez found dead in prison cell

9:12 AM ET ESPN.com news services BOSTON — Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez, who was serving a life sentence for a murder conviction and just days ago was acquitted of a double murder, died after hanging himself in his prison cell early Wednesday, Massachusetts prisons officials said. Guards found Hernandez, 27, unresponsive in his cell at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley just after 3 a.m., Department of Correction spokesman Christopher Fallon said in a statement. The former New England Patriots tight end was pronounced dead at UMass Memorial-HealthAlliance Hospital ...

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Only 5% of prison staff to receive new pay allowance

Only 5% of existing prison staff in England and Wales will receive new pay allowances of up to £5,000, BBC News has discovered. Internal documents also reveal that many of the officers who will receive the increase were already receiving allowances of £4,000. The details were not included when the pay rise was announced by Justice Secretary Liz Truss. Officials deny they have given out any inaccurate or misleading information. When the announcement of the new allowances was made, the Ministry of Justice said it would apply to “Band 3” ...

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Michigan art dealer gets 3-plus years in prison for forgeries

Art dealer Eric Spoutz leaves the federal court in Manhattan, New York, U.S, February 16, 2017. REUTERS/Nate Raymond By Nate Raymond| NEW YORK A Michigan art dealer was sentenced on Thursday to more than three years in prison for engaging in what prosecutors said was an extensive scheme to sell fake works by renowned artists, including Pablo Picasso and Willem de Kooning. Eric Spoutz, who must also forfeit the $ 1.45 million he earned from the scheme and pay $ 154,100 in restitution, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Lewis ...

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Liz Truss: No 'quick fix' to cut prison population

Prison numbers cannot be cut with “dangerous quick fix” solutions, the justice secretary has said. Liz Truss said the growth of the prison population is down to more criminals serving time for violence and sex crimes. She argued for early intervention and better reforming inside prisons, but not shorter sentences. Her speech comes as secret filming for the BBC revealed chaos in one of the biggest prisons in the country. Speaking to the Centre for Social Justice, Ms Truss said: “Reductions by cap or quota, or by sweeping sentencing cuts ...

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Undercover Panorama report reveals prison chaos

Chaos in one of the biggest prisons in the country has been revealed in secret filming for the BBC. An undercover reporter spent two months at HMP Northumberland, which houses up to 1,348 male inmates, for Panorama. He discovered widespread drug use, a lack of control, door alarms that did not go off in one block and a hole in an internal security fence. The Ministry of Justice said it would investigate the “extremely serious allegations” at the Acklington jail. Wire-cutters Prison officers also found balaclavas, blackout clothing and wire-cutting ...

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Amnesty: Thousands hanged at Syria prison

As many as 13,000 people, most of them civilian opposition supporters, have been executed in secret at a prison in Syria, Amnesty International says. A new report by the human rights group alleges that mass hangings took place every week at Saydnaya prison between September 2011 and December 2015. Amnesty says the alleged executions were authorised at the highest levels of the Syrian government. The government has previously denied killing or mistreating detainees. However, UN human rights experts said a year ago that witness accounts and documentary evidence strongly suggested ...

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