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confess

v. in criminal law, to voluntarily state that one is guilty of a criminal offense. This admission may be made to a law enforcement officer or in court either prior to or upon arrest, or after the person is charged with a specific crime. A confession must be truly voluntary (not forced by threat, torture, or trickery) and cannot be admitted in trial unless the defendant has been given the so-called Miranda warnings at the time of arrest or when it is clear he/she is the prime suspect, all based on the 5th Amendment prohibition against self-incrimination. The Miranda warnings are: the right to remain silent, the right to have an attorney present and that one can be appointed, and that his/her statements may be used against the defendant in court. (See: confession, Miranda warning, self-incrimination, Bill of Rights)

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The petition read in part, 'the reason for writing this letter is the nagging issue of a confessional statement made by one of the convicts, Jimoh Sodiq, which is weighty and needs to be thorough and properly investigated.
'Entire nation is aware of the facts and this confessional statement is an attempt to divert the attention of the masses from their crimes,' she further added.
In the alleged forced confessional statements recorded under section 164 of the criminal procedure code, Mohsin said another suspect, Moazzam Ali, had handled his travel documents and stay in London.
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fully reflect the interests of different sectors of society, take into account the ethno-cultural and confessional diversity of Russia.
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While the MQM spokesperson had rejected Farooq's confessional statement, the Rangers prosecution department insisted that it was still a crucial piece of evidence.
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