Saturday, February 12, 2011

HABEAS CORPUS

Habeas corpus (Latin meaning "you are to have the body[1]") is a writ, or legal action, through which a prisoner can be released from unlawful detention. The remedy can be sought by the prisoner or by another person coming to his aid. Habeas corpus originated in the English legal system, but it is now available in many nations. It has historically been an important legal instrument safeguarding individual freedom against arbitrary state action

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