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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 A parent whose legal rights to custody of a child have been revoked can be guilty of the crime for taking the child.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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ISLAMABAD -- Special Investigation Unit (SIU) of Islamabad Police recovered the abducted student of 9th class after successful raid at hideout of kidnappers in Bannu district, a police spokesman said.
If police arrest a kidnapper, he is released by the attorney because institutions have no coordination here," the public representative said.
Then there is the violent kidnapper, the inefficient leader and the kidnapper who dreams of becoming an actor someday.
The kidnapper was transferred to a detention center for interrogation," he added, without giving further details.
Authorities had arrested the kidnapper Hamdi Hoaidar's father to exert pressure on him to release the foreign hostage.
According to AN NAHAR, Ayyoubi's wife took their daughter and came to Lebanon, where she contacted the Syrian citizen and arranged for him to kidnap her daughter, demanding a ransom that would then be shared between Ayyoubi's wife and the Syrian kidnapper.
Speaking to Reuters the Sudanese official stressed they are ready to forgive the kidnapper who have done a crime and discuss the possibility of legal immunity for the kidnappers.
On enquiry, it was learnt that the alleged kidnapper Ajay Paul, a resident of Kanpur, had been staying in the village Bulgam as a labourer,close to the house of Habibullah Mir.
I hadn't noticed he was gone then we kept receiving postcards from the kidnappers and then last week we got a DVD from the kidnapper.
The drama didn't end there: Paul's friend Roger followed the kidnapper for a period of time, during which the kidnapper fired at least one shot at Roger.
Loney was particularly interested by the kidnapper they had nicknamed "Junior," who claimed he had lost both his parents, his sister, his best friend, and his fiancee in a bombing by coalition forces.
AIP chairman Mohammad Sharaft told Kyodo News that he could not divulge the name of the journalist contacted by the kidnappers but disclosed that, according to officials in the Afghan capital Kabul, the kidnapper used Cantoni's mobile telephone to make the call.