Tag Archives: political prisoners

TX: Adam Kokesh files for Libertarian presidential nomination, is arrested after illegal drug search

Source: Reason

“Adam Kokesh, longtime anarcho-libertarian activist who first came to public prominence with Iraq Veterans Against the War in 2007 and was later a big Ron Paul supporter, today filed the paperwork necessary to officially seek the U.S. presidency. He is hoping for the Libertarian Party’s presidential nomination. He also had his RV pulled over twice by Texas police, and was arrested the second time. … A video of the second pullover that led to the arrest can be found on Facebook (and is embedded below). It shows highway patrol officers instructing Kokesh to shut off his camera at the point a police dog, off-camera, was said to have ‘alerted’ to the RV.” (01/16/18)


Ecuador grants citizenship to Assange in bid to end London embassy standoff

Source: Washington Post

“Ecuador has granted citizenship to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the South American nation’s foreign minister announced Thursday, in a bid to resolve an ‘unsustainable’ situation at its embassy in London, where Assange sought refuge more than five years ago. But a standoff with British authorities continued, as the Foreign Office rejected an Ecuadoran request that it grant diplomatic status to Assange, insisting instead that the Australian national ‘leave the embassy to face justice.’ Ecuador’s foreign minister, Maria Fernanda Espinosa, subsequently said that Assange would not leave the embassy in the absence of security guarantees.” (01/11/18)


Private prison continues to send ICE abductees to solitary confinement for refusing voluntary [sic] labor

Source: The Intercept
by Spencer Woodman

“Officials at a privately [sic] run Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in rural Georgia locked an immigrant detainee in solitary confinement last November as punishment for encouraging fellow detainees to stop working in a labor program that ICE says is strictly voluntary. Shoaib Ahmed, a 24-year-old who immigrated to America to escape political persecution in Bangladesh, told The Intercept that the privately run detention center placed him in isolation for 10 days after an officer overheard him simply saying ‘no work tomorrow.’ Ahmed said he was expressing frustration over the detention center — run by prison contractor CoreCivic — having delayed his weekly paycheck of $20 for work in the facility’s kitchen.” (01/11/18)


Myanmar: Prosecutor seeks Official Secrets Act charges against Reuters reporters

Source: Reuters

“Myanmar prosecutors sought charges on Wednesday against two Reuters reporters under the Official Secrets Act, which carries a maximum prison sentence of 14 years, the reporters’ lawyer said. Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, were detained on Dec. 12 after they had been invited to meet police officers over dinner. Family members have said the two told them they were arrested almost immediately after being handed some documents by the officers they had gone to meet. The two had worked on Reuters coverage of a crisis in the western state of Rakhine, where (according to U.N. estimates) about 655,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled from a fierce military crackdown on militants.” (01/10/18)


Ecuador: Regime may seek mediation with UK regime over Assange

Source: Independent [UK]

“Julian Assange could be kicked out of Ecuador’s embassy in London after the country’s foreign minister said the situation was ‘not sustainable.’ The WikiLeaks founder was granted asylum in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden over rape allegations, and has been holed up in Knightsbridge for five-and-a-half years. Swedish prosecutors have dropped their investigation into the allegations, but Mr Assange, who denied the allegations, fears he will be extradited to the United States if he leaves the building and that there is a sealed indictment ordering his arrest. … Maria Fernanda Espinosa, Ecuador’s foreign minister, said her country was now seeking possible mediation to resolve the impasse, which she called ‘not sustainable.’ ‘We’re considering, exploring the possibility of a mediation,’ she said, adding that a third country or person could lead a potential mediation.” (01/10/18)


US regime to fence stolen Bitcoin

Source: Bitcoin.com

“The U.S government is expected to sell all crypto assets of Aaron Michael Shamo(Shamo)following his recent arrest, including approx. $10 million worth of Bitcoin (BTC) and Bitcoin Cash (BTC). On May 31, 2017, Shamo along with other dark web operators including Drew Wilson Crandall, Mario Anthony Noble, and Sean Michael Gygi were found guilty of [operating a business without the gang’s permission]. When the dark web operators were found guilty of the charges filed by the FBI, the Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash holdings of the criminals were [stolen] and moved to the custody of the United States Marshals Service (USMS).” (01/09/18)


Ethiopia: Regime to pardon political prisoners, shut prison

Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“Ethiopia has announced plans to release political prisoners and shut an infamous prison in the capital, Addis Ababa, in a surprise move the government says aims to ‘foster national reconciliation.’ The office of the Ethiopian prime minister said charges would be dropped against politicians currently being prosecuted, while political prisoners who are imprisoned will receive pardons, the Addis Standard magazine reported. ‘Politicians currently under prosecution and those previously sentenced will either have their cases annulled or be pardoned,’ AFP news agency quoted Hailemariam Desalegn as saying on Wednesday. Desalegn made the announcement alongside other leaders in the Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front, the country’s ruling political coalition.” (01/03/18)


Egypt: Morsi sentenced to three years for insulting the judiciary

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Egypt’s former president has been sentenced to three years in prison for insulting the judiciary. Mohammed Morsi already holds other jail terms including a life sentence. He is awaiting a retrial on a separate charge of conspiring to commit terrorist acts, for which he was previously sentenced to death. The death sentence was lifted on appeal. Mr Morsi was overthrown by the military in 2013 and has been detained since. He is currently in a high-security prison. He has also been fined a million Egyptian pounds (£42,000; $56,000) relating to a speech given in 2013.” (12/30/17)


Political prisoner Ross Ulbricht appeals double life sentence to SCOTUS

Source: Bitcoin.com

“Ross Ulbricht formally submitted a writ of certiorari to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), seeking a hearing for the overturn of a decision upheld this year by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Ulbricht’s double-life sentence without the possibility of parole is at stake. … Mr. Ulbricht’s appeal focuses on two questions, according to the writ: ‘1. Whether the warrantless seizure of an individual’s Internet traffic information without probable cause violates the Fourth Amendment. 2. Whether the Sixth Amendment permits judges to find the facts necessary to support an otherwise unreasonable sentence.'” (12/28/17)


UK: Regime tribunal orders Assange machinations kept shrouded in secrecy

Source: RT [Russian state media]

“A UK tribunal has refused to release key details on communications between British and Swedish authorities over Julian Assange, in an effort to protect the Crown Prosecution Service’s relationship with foreign authorities. An Italian investigative journalist’s attempt to pull back the shroud covering the long-running Assange case, which involves four nations and at least two government prosecution agencies, ended in failure earlier this month. Stefania Maurizi, of the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, had her appeal to the UK First-tier Tribunal to obtain documents held by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in London dismissed on December 12. The quest for further information could have also potentially uncovered any dealings between the UK, Sweden, the US and Ecuador — the latter being the nation in which Assange has sought asylum. It may have also finally addressed Assange’s fears that extradition to Sweden could ultimately pave the way for rendition to the US. However, in the appeal documents seen by RT.com, the tribunal agreed that if any such request exists then ‘disclosing it would tip off Mr Assange illegitimately and undesirably.’” (12/28/17)