All five hostage-takers and three judges were killed in a gunbattle after police failed to negotiate the release of 11 hostages held by hardened criminals of a prison in the Pakistani city of Sialkot on Friday, police said. \n"Five culprits have been gunned down and two judges killed on the spot while another died of his injuries in hospital," a police official Murtaza said. \nTen judges and a prison official had been taken hostage by hardened criminals, while inspecting a prison Friday morning. \nJudge Mohammad Yousuf Ojhla, who escaped along with two other members of the inspection team, said earlier that five hostage-takers were holding eight judges, two magistrates and the assistant superintendent of the jail. \nThe team of officials was on a weekly tour to examine prison conditions when they were ambushed by the inmates of one cell. \nThe armed hostage-takers were demanding five AK-47 assault rifles and a 14-seater getaway van in return for freeing their victims. There are 2,300 prisoners in the jail. \nEarlier, police tried to negotiate release of the hostages in an attempt to avoid casualties. \n"We are trying to find a way out through negotiations as any direct operation will put at risk the lives of the judges. These criminals have nothing to lose," he said. \nPolice had sealed off all the exists from the building. \nThe gunbattle followed after the criminals started to fire indiscriminately when their demands were not met.
Henry Tong (湯偉雄) and Elaine To (杜依蘭) were preparing to spend their first wedding anniversary in separate prison cells until their acquittal for rioting during Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests. There were gasps and tears of relief in court on Friday last week as a judge declared prosecutors had failed to prove that the couple took part in clashes with police in July last year. The pair walked free in a ruling that has potential consequences for hundreds of other protesters facing similar charges. However, they have a long journey ahead as they try to rebuild their lives and business. “We have already been punished,”
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