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in absentia

(in ab-sensh-ee-ah) adj. or adv. phrase. Latin for "in absence," or more fully, in one's absence. Occasionally a criminal trial is conducted without the defendant being present when he/she walks out or escapes after the trial has begun, since the accused has thus waived the Constitutional right to face one's accusers. During the War Crimes trials following World War II, it was employed against Nazis who had committed atrocities and then disappeared, the most famous being Martin Bormann, Hitler's closest aide.

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Faced with the massive crimes committed by the Khmer Rouge and their continued military activities, in 1979 the new Cambodian regime put on trial in abstentia two of the Khmer Rouge leaders, Pol Pot, the head of the movement, and Ieng Sary, its Foreign Minister.
In abstentia, in absence, in obsolescence, or obnoxious.
In what could deal a further blow to the peace process, a security court in Sanaa on Saturday sentenced Yahya al-Houthi, the brother of Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, in abstentia to 15 years in prison on charges of supporting the uprising.
Summary: Lebanon has insisted that Roger Tamraz, a Lebanese businessman arrested in Morocco, be extradited to Lebanon where he has been charged in abstentia for embezzlement, the pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat has reported.
Exiled Egyptian human rights activist Saad Eddin Ibrahim, who also holds US nationality, was sentenced in abstentia yesterday to two years in prison for defaming Egypt, MENA news agency reported.
Six others, including another Iraqi woman, were sentenced to hand in abstentia, and remain at large.
72) Although Chipoco was in the United States when he was indicted, he could have been tried in abstentia.
Another Baha'i previously arrested and detained, was tried in abstentia and given a one-year sentence for the same alleged offence.
Under French law, anyone convicted in abstentia has the right to a retrial.
Two of them were sentenced to life imprisonment in abstentia, another has been released, and one is on the run.
The daily said the lawyers have the option to refuse trying the four accused men in abstentia arguing that there is no evidence that proves the suspects are in Lebanon.