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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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"Nous parlons pour la premiere fois depuis Nuremberg (le tribunal charge de juger les hauts responsables nazis apres la Seconde Guerre mondiale, NDLR) d'un proces in abstentia" en justice penale internationale, a-t-il assure.
not try any suspect in abstentia (Article 63 of the ICC Statute),
In Bahari's case, he was charged with trying to stage a velvet revolution; the courts tried him in abstentia and sentenced him to 13 1/2 years in prison and 74 lashes.
(26) But even if a person is found to have been "in abstentia," reopening is an option under "exceptional circumstances," defined as those beyond the immigrant's control and exemplified in the statute by "battery or extreme cruelty" or "serious illness" befalling an immigrant or her immediate family, and by no "less compelling circumstances." (27)
--Lebanon's military court sentenced in abstentia the head of the fundamentalist group Fatah Islam, Osama Amine Chehabi to life in prison.
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.
"I Love my Love in Abstentia." X; [C.sup.#.sub.4]-[A.sup.#.sub.5]; Tess: CR; multimetric, Allegretto; V/D, P/mD; 5 pages.
Second, Fabian points out that "the Other" is most often "spoken of only in abstentia" (Fabian 2006: 145; italics in original).