Philippines: Upholding a Soldier's Rights

Upholding a Soldier's Rights

Charges against General Fabian Ver, armed forces Chief of Staff and cousin of Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos, who has been the central figure in an eight-month-long conspiracy trial, could soon be dismissed. Ver and 25 others stand accused in connection with the assassination of Opposition Leader Benigno ("Ninoy") Aquino on Aug. 21, 1983. In June a trial court threw out the major evidence against Ver and seven of his military colleagues. Most of that evidence was based on the defendants' testimony in April 1984 before a civilian fact-finding panel. Last week the Supreme Court upheld that decision.

The court ruled, in...

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