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Legal news from Saturday, December 5, 2009
by Daniel Makosky

Philippines President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo issued Proclamation 1959 on Friday, imposing martial law and suspending habeas corpus in the province of Maguindanao, the first presidential imposition of martial law in the country since Ferdinand Marcos’ fall in 1986. The move, announced Saturday, is a result of instability in the province following a …

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by Zach Zagger

A retired Guatemalan colonel has been sentenced to 53 years in prison for his role in the disappearance of eight indigenous Guatemalans during the 36-year Guatemalan civil war. A three-judge court Thursday found Col. Marco Antonio Sanchez and three of his subordinates, Jose Domingo Rios, Gabriel Maldonado Alvarez Ramos and Solomon Rivers, guilty of enforced disappearance [Prensa …

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