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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Philippines ex-president was sued by relatives of massacre victims
Katherine Bacher at 12:00 AM ET

On November 22, 2011, the former president of the Philippines, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, was sued by the relatives of 57 people killed in a 2009 massacre. The families sought damages from Arroyo for her alleged support of the Ampatuan family, who government prosecutors believed was behind the Maguindanao massacre in 2009. Prior to this filing, Arroyo had been formally charged with electoral sabotage. In June 2011, the Philippines Supreme Court had ruled that it would allow the trial for the massacre to be broadcasted live, subject to court guidelines.

Learn more about the Maguindanao massacre from the JURIST news archive.

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