Legal news from Saturday, December 5, 2009
10:12 EDT

[JURIST] Philippines President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo [official website; BBC profile] issued Proclamation 1959 [text, PDF] 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 [press release] Saturday, [read more]

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[JURIST] 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 [GlobalSecurity backgrounder]. A three-judge court Thursday found Col. Marco Antonio Sanchez and three of his subordinates, Jose Domingo Rios, Gabriel Maldonado [read more]

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