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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.
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.
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.Judge Hisham Beshir of Cairo's Al-Khalifa Court sentenced the sociologist and human rights activist, who is currently in the United States, to two years behind bars for "tarnishing Egypt's reputation".
Six others, including another Iraqi woman, were sentenced to hand in abstentia, and remain at large.
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. Asked by ASHARQ AL AWSAT about whether the Islamic Jihad known in Arabic as Al-Jama'a al-Islamiyya was carrying out any activities in Egypt or whether Tehran was using the group to agitate the current turbulence in Egypt, Shehata said, "I think that they are not that powerful.
Earlier this month, Syria issued arrest warrants for a number of politicians and journalists of Lebanese, Arab and foreign nationalities who have been ordered, in abstentia, to appear before Syrian courts for questioning about the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri.