Saturday, May 31, 2014

No habeas for Brazilian civilian tried in military court

According to this account, the Superior Tribunal Militar, by a divided vote, has denied an application for a writ of habeas corpus filed on behalf of a civilian who is being tried in a military court in Salvador for the attempted murder of an Army lieutenant and a sentry in 2012. The accused had contended that the charges had to be prosecuted in a civilian court.

Editor's note: Trial of civilians by military courts is strongly disfavored under contemporary international human rights standards.

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