Minister Celso de Mello wrote that "this is a case of great importance in that it reaffirms certain basic rights which apply whether or not the individual is in state custody." According to him, "the Constitution is very clear on this and, while referring the person arrested, the doctrine also extends to people who are at liberty." [Rough Google translation.]The petitioner's confession was the only evidence against him. It is unusual for a broad generic ruling of constitutional law to be announced in the context of a military case, but that seems to be the case in this instance.