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ANKARA, Turkey---A Turkish court yester-
day sentenced two Syrian smugglers to four
years and two months each in prison over the
deaths of five people including three-year-old
Aylan Kurdi, who galvanised world attention
on the refugee crisis when a photo was pub-
lished of him lying lifeless on a beach.
The court in the Aegean resort of Bodrum
convicted the two of human trafficking but ac-
quitted them of the charge of causing the
drowning deaths through deliberate negli-
gence, the agency said.
The image of the Syrian boy's body, face
down on a Turkish beach, graphically illustrated
the magnitude of the migrants' suffering.
Aylan's brother, Galip, and mother, Rihan,
were also among the five victims who
drowned when their boat went down in the ill-
fated journey from Bodrum to the Greek island
of Kos last year.
While Turkish authorities have given the
boy's first name as Aylan, his aunt says the
family prefers that it be transliterated as Alan.
Trials in Turkey usually take months---even
years---to conclude, but the verdict, which
came at the end of the third hearing just a
month after the trial opened, appeared to be
an effort by the country to show that it is
cracking down on human traffickers, just be-
fore Monday's summit between Turkey and
the European Union to discuss the migrant cri-
Court jails two over drowning of toddler Aylan
Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da
Silva was detained for questioning yesterday in
a federal investigation of a bribery and money
laundering scheme that police said had financed
campaigns and expenses of the ruling Workers
His detention was the highest profile arrest in
a sweeping corruption investigation that has
ensnared powerful lawmakers and business exec-
utives in Latin America s biggest economy.
The arrest threatened to tarnish the legacy of
Brazil s most powerful politician and the tactics
that his left-leaning Workers Party used to con-
solidate its position since rising to power 13 years
Police, who arrested Lula at his home in Sao
Bernardo do Campo on the outskirts of Sao Paulo,
said they had evidence that he received illicit benefits
from kickbacks at state oil firm Petroleo Brasileiro
SA in the form of payments and luxury real estate.
GEORGETOWN---At least 17 prisoners died in a fire
Thursday as they protested overcrowding and other
issues including the seizure of illicit cell phones
inside a prison in the capital of the South American
country of Guyana, authorities said.
Inmates set two fires during a riot in the most
secure section of Georgetown Prison as guards swept
the lockup and seized drugs, 19 cell phones and other
items, said Public Security Minister Khemraj Ram-
"We have a crisis on our hands," he said. "Long
delays in trials have caused much frustration and
vexation among prisoners."
According to senior security personnel, the prisoners
prior to the unrest at the jail, were being removed
from the Capital section to another part of the prison
when things got out of hand.
It was reported that during the movement, one
prisoner became rowdy and protested against the
officer who was supervising the transfer.
The others then began to cheer him on and as
they were about to enter the holding area where they
are usually searched for contraband, the prisoners
rushed into a room where they locked an eight-foot
high steel door and barricaded themselves inside
with metal beds.
One of the prisoners then lit a mattress as part
of the protest and the Fire Service was summoned
but the fire quickly got out of control and the prisoners
then attempted to free themselves from the room
they had commandeered.
The prison officers then employed the standard
operating procedures and attempted to blow torch
the door open, but by the time they had completed
that exercise, they found multiple lifeless and charred
remains of the prisoners.
Ambulances were seen entering the facility s main
gate, and authorities said at least eight prisoners were
hospitalised for burns and smoke inhalation.
Officials were seen carrying at least one prisoner
by the feet and shoulders with burns on most of his
Hundreds of people lined up at the prison gates
to take food to inmates and seek information about
The colonial-era prison holds nearly 1,000 prisoners
even though it was built to hold about 450 inmates.
Previous fires have been set at the prison in recent
years to protest conditions, but none had caused
Ramjattan said a prison in Guyana s interior will
be prepared to ease overcrowding of prisons in George-
town. It is unclear how soon inmates would be trans-
17 inmates killed
SANAA, Yemen---Unidentified gunmen stormed
a retirement home run by Catholic nuns in the
southern city of Aden yesterday shooting 16 people
to death, including four Indian nuns, Yemeni secu-
rity officials and witnesses said.
Two gunmen surrounded the home for the eld-
erly in Aden while another four fighters entered
the building, witnesses and officials said. They
said the gunmen moved from room to room, hand-
cuffing the victims before shooting them in the
One nun who survived and was rescued by locals
said that she hid inside a fridge in a store room
after hearing a Yemeni guard shouting "run, run."
There are around 80 residents living at the home,
which is run by Missionaries of Charity, an organ-
isation established by Mother Teresa.
Missionaries of Charity nuns also came under
attack in Yemen in 1998 when gunmen killed three
nuns in the Red Sea port city of Hodeida. (AP)
Brazil's Lula detained
in anti-graft bust
House and the US
Centres for Dis-
ease Control and
gather state and
local officials next
month to urgently
craft a plan to
attack the hard-
quito that spreads
the Zika virus.
By June or July,
federal health offi-
cials expect the
first locally trans-
mitted cases of the
Zika virus in the
House is inviting
officials involved in
and public health
to an April 1 sum-
mit at the CDC s
ters to talk about
how best to track
and control the
spread of the virus,
and respond when
people are affect-
scenario here is
that we could
either limit local
transmission or get
ahead of it and
contain it as soon
as possible," Amy
Pope, the deputy
assistant for home-
land security for
Obama, said in an
The species of
mosquito that car-
ries Zika probably
will begin to
emerge in the con-
States in April or
Unrest continued yesterday morning at the Camp Street prison as some prisoners were seen on the roof of a
building in the compound holding various implements. Prisoners punched out wooden panels from this
building in the prisons compound this morning and could be seen unrestrained. STABROEK PHOTO
Gunmen storm retirement
home, kill four nuns
HARARE---"Do you want me to punch you to the
floor to realise I am still there?"
The speaker was not a boxer trash-talking before
a fight. It was Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe,
who is 92 and known for pugnacious comments.
This one, to an interviewer from state TV, was
in response to a question about retirement plans
and who would succeed him.
"Why successor when I am still there?" Mugabe
said in the interview aired Thursday night. "Why
do you want a successor?"
Mugabe, who has led Zimbabwe since the country
was formed in 1980 from the ashes of white-ruled
Rhodesia, says he has no plans to hand over power
and ruled out grooming his politically ambitious
wife, Grace, as his chosen successor. (AP)
Mugabe: 'Do you want me
to punch you to the floor'
Deadly prison riot in Guyana
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