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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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The STL applies a mix of international and Lebanese law, which allows trial in absentia.
Under the Clause 19 and sub-section 10 of the ATC, any accused can be sentenced five to 10 years rigorous imprisonment on completion of the trial in absentia," The Daily Times quoted Zulfiqar, as saying.
Under the clause 19 and sub-section 10 of the ATC, any accused can be sentenced five to ten years rigorous imprisonment on completion of the trial in absentia," senior Public Prosecutor of the agency Chaudhry Zulfiqar told.
Moreover, the judge said "the requirements for trial in absentia have not yet been met because all reasonable or necessary steps, respectively, have not been exhausted.
Many Tunisians are pleased the alleged crimes of the once-powerful couple will be examined in court but others say their trial in absentia is merely intended to appease demands for justice and change months after the uprising.
Deposed Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali denounced his imminent trial in absentia in a press statement made by his legal representation in France.
Now Brunner, one of the Nazis' most zealous murderers, is standing trial in absentia in Paris for sending 340 Jewish children to Auschwitz on the last convoy to leave France for the World War II death camps.
In the interview, Farrell said the Lebanese authorities must intensify their efforts to arrest the suspects, that he would seek to issue indictments in other political assassinations connected to the Hariri attack, and discussed the value of conducting a trial in absentia.
In issuing this decision on trial in absentia, the judges relied on reports from the Lebanese authorities detailing their efforts to apprehend the accused and to inform him of the charges against him.
For citizens of Lebanon, trial in absentia is a familiar alternative to trial in the presence of the accused.
The Hague-based court has indicted five Hezbollah members in connection with the attack, four of whom are expected to stand trial in absentia in January.
Over the past year, the Tribunal's judges heard and dismissed challenges to the STL's legality, and upheld the decision to hold a trial in absentia for the 14 February 2005 attack - the first international criminal court to allow such proceedings since the Nuremberg trials.