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INFORMER. A person who informs or prefers an accusation against another, whom he suspects of the violation of some penal statute.
     2. When the informer is entitled to the penalty or part of the penalty, upon the conviction of an offender, he is or is not a competent witness, accordingly as the statute creating the penalty has or has not made him so. 1 Phil. Ev. 97; Rosc. Cr. Ev. 107; 5 Mass. R. 57; 1 Dall. 68; 1 Saund. 262, c. Vide articles Prosecutor; Rewards.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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According to police, Maoists murdered them after branding them as police informers and it was an act of revenge.
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Punjab Minister for Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries Sibtain Khan told a press conference on Monday that to curb the timber theft, informers would be hired who would alert the forest authorities online.
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The Securitate operated through an extensive number of informers, mostly villagers with whom Verdery lived.