Afghan prisoners leave jail following their release by the orders of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, in Jalalabad, Afghanistan on Thursday. Ghani ordered some 27 prisoners including 9 women with less than a year to serve to be released in honor of Prophet Muhammad’s birthday.
Sri Lankan prisoners perform the maiden traditional Kandyan dance at the main jail in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The programme is part of leisure and recreational activities aimed at rehabilitating prisoners. Sri Lanka’s prison facilities run various industries and offers opportunities for arts, education and religious activities for the prisoners.
Some of the inmates at the Tacumbú penitentiary in Asunción, the most overcrowded and violent jail in Paraguay. The country’s minister of justice, Sheila Abed, said on Friday that the prison will not receive any more admissions. It currently contains 4,030 inmates, despite an intended capacity of about 1,500.
Ukrainian students stand hand in hand as part of a human chain organised by pro-EU protesters to symbolise the unity of Ukraine with Europe. The chain, pictured here in front of a portrait of jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko, began in Kiev’s Independence Square and snaked out along a passing thoroughfare in the capital.
Greenpeace activist Anthony Perrett from Britain attends a bail hearing at a regional court on Wednesday in Murmansk, Russia.
Posters and supplies sit ready for more protesters with the Bradley Manning support network during a vigil outside Fort George G. Meade, Maryland. Manning was convicted of wrongfully causing intelligence to be published on the internet, but found not guilty of aiding the enemy, for sending hundreds of thousands of classified Iraq and Afghanistan war logs as well as diplomatic cables to the website WikiLeaks during his service in 2009 and 2010 as an intelligence analyst in Baghdad. He has been sentenced to 35 years in prison
Sayeed Abbas, accused of smuggling people to Australia, waits for his extradition trial to begin in Jakarta. An Indonesian court on Thursday rejected a request that the Afghan national be sent for trial in Australia
A Bahraini woman holds her national flag during an anti-government protest in solidarity with jailed political activist, Hisham Al-Sabbagh in the village of Sanabis, west of Manama. Al-Sabbagh, who is the spokesperson for the opposition party, Islamic Action Society (Amal), was arrested by police on April 26 following an early raid on his home, family said.
Yemeni al-Qaeda militants listen as a judge sentences them to jail for plotting attacks in Yemen at the Sana’a court. The court handed out jail sentences ranging between four and 10 years, on charges of forming an armed group to carry out attacks against military, government buildings and foreign interests in Yemen.