800-year-old law of Habeas Corpus used by Abu Qatada


Wednesday August 1,2012

DATING back more than 800 years, habeas corpus is a writ demanding a prisoner be brought to court so the legality of their detention may be tested.

The expression is Latin meaning “You have the body”, the start of the writ that goes on to demand the person be produced and brought before a judge.

Its origins date from the intensifying intrigue around the royal court. The writ became a tool to prevent the arbitrary detention of the state’s opponents.

The principle was used as long ago as the Magna Carta in the 13th century but its modern version was created in the Habeas Corpus Act of 1679.

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  • These ancient laws stand under the Magna Carta and cannot be repelled by any Government, act and other illusions. We have our British Constitution under English Common Law that trumps all other illusional forms of Law. The Law of the land is King if you know it and use it properly. Do not give jurisdiction by words or the pen to Uniform Commercial Code/Admiralty Law aka Roman Civil Law aka Vatican Canon Law. Its time the people of England knew their our rights as people of that land.

    -= The Unhived Mind

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