hard labour

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hard labour

n
(Law) criminal law (formerly) the penalty of compulsory physical labour imposed in addition to a sentence of imprisonment: abolished in England in 1948
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Amman, June 17 (Petra) -- The civilian judges at the State Security Court, during a public hearing on Wednesday, sentenced a suspect to ten years in penal labour and a fine for trying to leave the Kingdom illegally.
Imagery collected by the Washington-based Committee for Human Rights in North Korea as recently as October 11 indicates the camp, officially known as Penal Labour Colony 22 continues to function, it said in a report.
It's based on a Second World War memoir of Polish soldiers escaping the Soviet Gulag (government agency that administered the main Soviet penal labour camp).