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To set free, release or discharge as from an obligation, burden or accusation. To absolve one from an obligation or a liability; or to legally certify the innocence of one charged with a crime.

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v. what a jury or judge sitting without a jury does at the end of a criminal trial if the jury or judge finds the accused defendant not guilty. (See: verdict)

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He requested the court that his clients should be acquitted because there was no solid evidence against them.
The BSP chief said, "If the state government was alert in providing justice to the victim's family the accused would not have been acquitted."
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The court acquitted Kamran Khan alias Madhuri of MQM-P and Sohail Nadeem Arain and directed jail officials to release the accused immediately if there is no other case against them.
The BiH Prosecutor's Office filed a timely appeal from the trial judgment, in relation to the acquitting part of the judgment, on the grounds of error of fact and the sentencing decision, moving the Court to modify the judgment in this part so as to find the accused guilty also for the charges he was acquitted of, pursuant to which the accused's liability for those acts would be made part of a proper and lawful punishment, which will be lengthier than the one currently imposed.
The Model Court Haripur also acquitted ex-MPA Gohar Nawaz Khan and 10 others in a case of an attack on the former candidate of provincial assembly Zulfiqar Ali Khan by the rocket launcher and firing which killed two pedestrians on August 26, 2013 at Tarbaila Chowngi Haripur.
Owing to the insufficient evidence the judge of the Model Court Haripur acquitted ex-MPA Gohar Nawaz Khan and 11 others while the three accused those could not be arrested by the police.
Earlier, resident magistrate Anastancia Ndung'u had acquitted Grant citing lack of sufficient evidence.
The court acquitted Ghulam Sarwar Khan following the completion of arguments of the lawyers on report filed by anti corruption regarding acquittal of Ghulam Sarwar Khan.
Former President Asif Ali Zardari, Zulfiqar Mirza and others were already acquitted in the murder case of Sajjad Hussain.
The three defendants are hereby discharged and acquitted under Section 355 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015,' Justice Aladetoyinbo said.
Antonis Kourouzides, who has since retired, was acquitted in some charges but will have to answer to others.