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PILLAGE. The taking by violence of private property by a victorious army from the citizens or subjects of the enemy. This, in modern times, is seldom allowed, and then, only when authorized by the commander or chief officer, at the place where the pillage is committed. The property thus violently taken in general belongs to the common soldiers. See Dall. Dict. Propriete, art. 3, Sec. 5; Wolff, Sec. 1201; and Booty; Prize.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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A statement by the Special Assistant, Media to the Amnesty Office, Murphy Ganagana stated that the Federal Government was ready to unmask and prosecute the perpetrators of the mindless looting of empowerment centre aimed at impacting the Niger Delta positively.
He alleged that the elected tehsil councilor Toheed Alam was backing the group who were busy in looting the people.
In many foreign countries looting is either punished with lengthy prison terms or death penalty.
Like the looting of the Gaisano mall, again the question arises if such action is acceptable and forgivable during a crisis, particularly as some petrol station owners also jack up their pump prices to P100 per litre or almost double the regular cost.
Ten Years Later: The Looting and Destruction of Iraq's Past.
Crowds of bankers, politicians and entrepreneurs can be seen rampaging around looting public services, EMA, pension schemes and health care.
The thugs, believed to be from Al-Bassatine and other districts, broke into the mall at midnight and destroyed all stores and restaurants after looting them and set fire to others causing the mall's ceiling to collapse and leaving it flooded with water.
A new book, Looting in Wartime Britain by Exeter historian Dr Todd Gray, has revealed how looting swept through the country during the war.
forces were widely criticized following the U.S.-led invasion of 2003 for failing to prevent the looting of priceless relics from Iraq`s national museum.
This month's review addresses a growing problem, the looting of museums and archaeological sites.
As a Marine Reserve Colonel, Bogdanos was sent to investigate the looting of the Iraq museum after the US invasion.
Looting broke out in the sunken city, and evacuees were directed to the Superdome and the New Orleans Convention Center, where the authorities proved themselves unable to cope with the hungry, thirsty, and sometimes violent crowds.