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in law, the taking away of a person by force, threat, or deceit, with intent to cause him to be detained against his will. Kidnapping may be done for ransomransom,
price of redemption demanded by the captor of a person, vessel, or city. In ancient times cities frequently paid ransom to prevent their plundering by captors. The custom of ransoming was formerly sanctioned by law.
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 or for political or other purposes. A parent whose legal rights to custody of a child have been revoked can be guilty of the crime for taking the child. Consent of a kidnapped person is a defense, unless given by one legally incompetent at the time (e.g., a minor or a mentally ill person). The crime differs from abduction, in that the intent of sexual intercourse is not required, and from false imprisonment, in which there is no attempt to abduct.

Under common law kidnapping was only a misdemeanormisdemeanor,
in law, a minor crime, in contrast to a felony. At common law a misdemeanor was a crime other than treason or a felony. Although it might be a grave offense, it did not affect the feudal bond or take away the offender's property. By the 19th cent.
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, but in most states of the United States it is now punishable by death or life imprisonment if there are no extenuating circumstances. The kidnapping and murder of the son of Charles A. LindberghLindbergh, Charles Augustus,
1902–74, American aviator who made the first solo, nonstop transatlantic flight, b. Detroit; son of Charles A. Lindbergh (1859–1924). He left the Univ. of Wisconsin (1922) to study flying.
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 in 1932 led to a federal statute prescribing severe penalties for transporting the victims of kidnapping across state or national boundaries. The practice of kidnapping, in the wider and not strictly legal sense, has been known since the beginnings of history. It was common as a method for procuring slaves, and it has also been employed by brigands and revolutionaries to obtain money through ransom or to hold hostages whose safe release was dependent on the freeing of political prisoners.


The main theme in abduction dreams is fear. The dreamer may be afraid of losing a very important part of himself or of losing his safest and most familiar surroundings. Also, the dreamer may be afraid of leaving his home, childhood, familiar support group, or long-standing ideas. These types of dreams may be most prevalent during times of psychological or physical transition and during stressful times of life when the future is somewhat uncertain. Consider the details of your dream and try to isolate and identify the fear that created the dream.
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The kidnappers gave the deadline of October 22, 2015 to father of the abducted student to pay ransom otherwise he will be handed over to another party of abductors.
Nadeem Khan of Mohammad Zai while registering FIR told the Cantonment Police that alleged kidnappers Wahid Ali, Irshad Ali, Amjad Ali, Asif Ali and Shahnawaz kidnapped his wife Alina Bibi and son Sardar Ali in a deceitful manner.
NNA - Our agency received a phone call from the father of one of the kidnapped hostages saying that the terrorist kidnappers phone called the wife of the kidnapped soldier Khalid Mokbel Hassan and told her that Minister Wael Abu Faour has been contacted by kidnappers asking the government to satisfy certain demands which should be executed to save the lives of both Hassan and his friend Saif Zebian.
A resident of Jalalabad, the provincial capital, Syed Akhtar, whose 9-grader son was killed in captivity some time ago, told Pajhwok Afghan News the kidnappers had demanded him $300,000, an amount far beyond his affordability.
MANAMA: Kidnappers of a Bahraini student in Malaysia have increased their ransom demand from BD2,260 to BD3,000.
Some sources said four of the kidnappers had been arrested by Libyan security forces in an eastern Tripoli suburb.
The victim, who was held in captivity for about a month in a village in Bihar, was released by the kidnappers reportedly after paying Rs250 million (Dh14.
Egyptian police and soldiers who were seized in Sinai by kidnappers are seen upon their arrival at Almaza military Airbase in Cairo on May 22, 2013
A security source told the reporter of the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / the joint security force carried out a security operation northeast of Baquba, freeing the kidnapped man and arresting one of the kidnappers, noting that the man was tied in an abandoned farm.
Summary: Kidnappers on Wednesday released three Egyptian policemen and four soldiers captured last week in the .
But her kidnappers are in for more than their fair share of surprise as the sometimes vampy, sometimes sweet publishing tycoon played beautifully by Kriti Vij) manipulates her inept kidnappers.
Summary: A state agricultural and research official fended off would-be kidnappers in the Bek Valley late Wednesday with a Kalashnikov assault rifle that he keeps on his passenger seat.