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Sabotage

The willful destruction or impairment of, or defective production of, war material or national defense material, or harm to war premises or war utilities. During a labor dispute, the willful and malicious destruction of an employer's property or interference with his normal operations.

The objective of sabotage is to halt all production, rather than to destroy or imperil human life. The original act of sabotage is thought to have occurred not long after the introduction of machinery when someone slipped a workman's wooden shoe, called a sabot, into a loom in order to stop production. Sabotage is a crime.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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The NDFP earlier blamed state forces of sabotaging the peace talks after the Makilala encounter, while the military said it was an isolated incident.
Xinhua quoted the rules as saying that criminals whose attempts cause information block of early warnings related to any disaster, rescue or others public security concerns, could be convicted to three to seven years of imprisonment on the charge of 'sabotaging TV and radio broadcast facilities'.
Citizens are also heading for dialogue with the group of objectors to convince them to stop sabotaging and unify efforts for peaceful demands.
Maoist rebels are suspected of sabotaging a high-speed train in eastern India killing at least 65 people after it smashed into the path of a goods train.
The two Malays and a Chinese national from Hong Kong were allegedly caught in the act of sabotaging floodlights at London's Charlton Athletic stadium.
Maintenance employees can become key figures in sabotaging locks, installing remote radio-controlled devices which can be used to commit sabotage during strikes, and damaging sources of electricity and water as a means of disrupting operations.
'I am not sure who is sabotaging (the search), to my knowledge, the police are not involved in this (sabotage).
In a Saturday statement, the ministry said that the cells included an overall number of 40 suspects who are accused of "targeting electricity towers and transformers, assaulting security and judiciary personnel, and sabotaging public transportation."