Philippines: Wrongful Imprisonment of 18 Years

In the Philippines, Susan Zulueta has been imprisoned for 18 years for a minor violation of vagrancy which carries a maximum penalty of only 30 days.

She is not alone. Results of an inspection conducted by the Manila Regional Trial Court show that three are many other prisoners, like Susan, who have been detained long after the termination of their sentences in the Manila City Jail and Manila Youth Reception Centre.

The question now is whether these prisoners will receive any reparation for time spent behind bars.

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