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Habeas Corpus

Updated Tuesday 7th April 2015

Should anyone be held imprisoned without charge? Stephen Fry explains how, despite Habeas Corpus, this can still happen. 

Habeas Corpus, sometimes known as ‘The Great Writ’, names an important legal principle that protects individual freedom and ensures that no one is held without charge. Stephen Fry explains the principle and how sometimes it can be circumvented.

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