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To encourage or incite another to commit a crime. This word is usually applied to aiding in the commission of a crime. To abet another to commit a murder is to command, procure, counsel, encourage, induce, or assist. To facilitate the commission of a crime, promote its accomplishment, or help in advancing or bringing it about.

In relation to charge of aiding and abetting, term includes knowledge of the perpetrator's wrongful purpose, and encouragement, promotion or counsel of another in the commission of the criminal offense.

A French word, abeter—to bait or excite an animal.

For example, the manager of a jewelry store fails to turn on the store's silent alarm on the night she knows her cousin plans to rob the store. Her conduct is that of abetting the Robbery. If, however, she merely forgot to turn on the alarm, she would not have abetted the crime.

The word abet is most commonly used as part of the comprehensive phrase aid and abet.


v. to help someone commit a crime, including helping them escape from police or plan the crime. (See: aid and abet)


verb adiuvare, advance, advocate, afford aid, aid, arouse, assist, back, contribute, cooperate with, embolden, encourage, endorse, facilitate, foment, foster, furnish aid, goad, help, incite, instigate, nourish, nurture, prompt, serve, spur, stimulate, succor, supply aid, support, urge
Associated concepts: accessory, accomplice, aid and abet, facilitation
See also: aid, assist, bear, conduce, conspire, contribute, countenance, enable, espouse, foment, foster, help, maintain, organize, promote, subsidize, support, sustain



TO ABET, crim. law. To encourage or set another on to commit a crime. This word is always taken in a bad sense. To abet another to commit a murder, is to command, procure, or counsel him to commit it. Old Nat. Brev 21; Col Litt. 475.

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During course of proceedings, Additional Attorney General, (AAG) argued before the bench that in its detailed order IHC division bench while directing to re-investigate the role of abettors in treason case remarked that earlier investigation would be defected, which was redundant, he added.
The court had, however, remarked that in case any evidence comes to the fore that there were abettors, they will be bracketed with Pervez Musharraf in the treason trial.
Mukhtiar Ali Advocate said that the legal fraternity did not support facilitators and their abettor but only wanted a fair trial.
The former president's counsel questioned as to why action was being taken only against his client and not the abettors.
The bench had also made it clear that it has ample power to try any abettor.
Asif was of the view that these abettors should also be brought to justice.
However the IHC on November 10, 2015 decided the matter while declaring the SC's verdict null and void, directed the federation to re-investigate the role of abettors on imposing emergency in the country.
Musharraf's counsel also said that abettors and facilitators in taking unconstitutional step were equally responsible under Article 6, arguing that targeting one individual was not only a violation of constitution but also of international conventions.
Rule of law must not be compromised in any manner and people ought to be sensitized that abettors of terrorists are equally responsible for the crime, she said.
Pakistan Army successfully conducted around 10,000 intelligence-based operations across the country, killing terrorists and their abettors, the army chief said.
Under the Constitution, it is federal government's prerogative to try Musharraf for his imposition of emergency on Nov 3, 2007," he said, adding that once the proceedings begin, people who acted as abettors or collaborators would also be determined by the court.
KARACHI -- A former federal minister and chief of Nizam-i-Mustafa Party, Haji Mohammad Hanif Tayyab, has called for awarding exemplary punishment to abettors, facilitators and handlers of terrorists.