in absentia

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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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BEIRUT: 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.
A top police official said that 22 violations were by light vehicles, 43 by heavy ones and the rest in abstentia cases.
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.
Two of them were sentenced to life imprisonment in abstentia, another has been released, and one is on the run.
Hebel also hoped that The Netherlands-based court, which is probing the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri would take a decision before the end of November 2011 over trying the indicted members in abstentia.
He started leaning towards the Shiite religious thought before he fled Egypt where he was sentenced to death in abstentia.