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[17] Then again, gentlemen, my imprisonment was an act of illegality quite without parallel. I was ready to furnish the three sureties required by law; yet the prosecution took steps to ensure that I should be prevented from doing so. Hitherto no alien willing to furnish sureties has ever been imprisoned; and, moreover, the law concerned applies to the custodians of malefactors1 as it does to others. Here again, then, we have a law by which every one benefits: and it has failed to release me, and me alone, from confinement.

1 i.e., the Eleven, who were the magistrates concerned in the ἔνδειξις of a κακοῦργος and who were responsible for his safe custody pending trial.

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