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Abscond

To go in a clandestine manner out of the jurisdiction of the courts, or to lie concealed, in order to avoid their process. To hide, conceal, or absent oneself clandestinely, with the intent to avoid legal process. To postpone limitations. To flee from arresting or prosecuting officers of the state.

abscond

v. 1) traditionally to leave a jurisdiction (where the court, a process server or law enforcement can find one) to avoid being served with legal papers or being arrested. 2) a surprise leaving with funds or goods that have been stolen, as in "he absconded with the loot."

abscond

verb absent oneself, avoid, bolt, decamp, depart, desert, disappear, dodge, elude, escape, eschew, evade, expatriate oneself, flee, hide, leave, levant, make off, occultari, remove, run, run away, steal away, take flight, withdraw, withdraw clandessinely
Associated concepts: abscond on bail, absconding debtor, attachment, fugitive, quasi in rem jurisdiction
See also: abandon, defect, depart, disappear, elude, escape, evacuate, flee, leave, move, quit, withdraw

abscond

to run away, especially from the jurisdiction of a court. It may be an offence in its own right as where the absconder is on BAIL and fails to surrender to custody or tries to escape the consequences of insolvency.

ABSCOND. To go in a clandestine manner out of the jurisdiction of the courts, or to lie concealed in order to avoid their process.

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You have not answered the question about whether it would have been harder to abscond in the West Country, where he was made to live under a control order - harder to get help from his associates, harder to hide, harder to get forged papers.
The latest men to abscond include Brett Frewin, one of a gang of four jailed for killing award-winning DJ Tushar Makwana in 2004.
A'awiddne was launched for better enforcement of the Residency Law and to pay Dh5,000 in compensation to sponsors, who lose a lot after their workers abscond, within a certain criterion, according to Senior Chief Prosecutor Ali Humaid Bin Khatem, Head of the Naturalisation and Residency Prosecution.
Housemaids, in most cases, abscond to seek better wages or better working conditions and they end up working illegally for someone else.
The website said an abscond was "an escape" that did not overcome a physical security restraint.
Shadow home secretary David Davis claimed: "John Reid knew about the risk of absconds due to his policy of transferring dangerous offenders to open prisons.
There is one road in and out and anyone who absconds will be faced with a very long walk.
The spokeswoman added: "The number of absconds is at its lowest level for a decade despite a rising population and data shows that 95% of absconds are returned to custody.
He Mr Hanson confirmed that people were being moved into the open estate at Prescoed more quickly than desirable," said Mr Davies, who demanded the meeting with the minister to discuss the latest absconds from Prescoed.
The only answer for the prison authorities and police is this: if anyone absconds, they should have to serve the rest of the sentence behind the solid doors of a proper prison.
Disclosing the figures, Junior Home Office minister Gerry Sutcliffe said: "Since 1999 there have been 393 absconds.
A spokesperson from the police said this latest announcement was the result of the force's review into its processes regarding absconders, which will mean in the future the media will be alerted whenever a prisoner absconds.