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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 A parent whose legal rights to custody of a child have been revoked can be guilty of the crime for taking the child.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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Tubo-Chang said, based on court records, Ismael and Mohammad were tagged by at least two witnesses as among bandits involved in the kidnappings there, particularly the June 11 incident, during which 15 people were taken hostage and two others were killed.
Mr Habib said soon after receiving information about the kidnapping a joint team of Rangers, police's Anti-Violent Crime Cell and the CPLC launched investigation into the incident.
were no gang reported to be involved in recent kidnapping of children cases in the province.
The participants condemned kidnapping of Dr Irshad Khoso, who belongs to Bolan Medical Complex.
Gatchalian particularly expressed alarm over the kidnapping Wednesday of Rolando del Torchio, a former priest, who was snatched from his pizza restaurant in Dipolog City.
Minister of Interior's Assistant Mahmoud Farouk, however, said the numbers of children kidnappings reported on social media are not accurate, and are a mix of reports on criminal kidnapping, escaped children, disappearances without criminal acts and in-family kidnappings.
BAGHDAD / NINA / Baghdad Operations Command announced the arrest of one of the most dangerous gangs of kidnapping including three women, in Baghdad.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade or DFAT had issued travel warnings on kidnapping threat worldwide, particularly in Afghanistan, Colombia, Iraq, eastern Malaysia (Sabah), southern Philippines, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, and parts of North and West Africa.
Al-Ghalisi said that negotiating with kidnappers ultimately leads to more kidnappings.
These days, the war is over but the authority of the Lebanese state is in little better shape than it was during the earlier era of kidnappings.