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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 A parent whose legal rights to custody of a child have been revoked can be guilty of the crime for taking the child.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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Moeen Masood directed SHO Dhudial police station Raja Hamid Khan to recover the abductee within 48 hours.
Since then the family members went from pillar to post to get early and safe recovery of the abductee.
A Japanese woman kidnapped by North Korea is under special surveillance in Pyongyang along with 50 abductees from the South, in line with an order by leader Kim Jong Un, a support group for relatives of South Korean abductees said Tuesday.
Despite important common features, however, we observe very different outcomes in South Korea and Japan on the abductee issue.
Days or weeks later, in response to a therapist's hypnotic suggestions, the abductee may generate details of being sexually probed or otherwise assaulted by the aliens, McNally notes.
Either way, the abductee issue is at the heart of all of this.
Aliens and abductee in a bar splitting a six-pack of Miller Lite.
Owing to the untiring efforts of Counter Terrorism Department and Peshawar Police, the abductee was recovered on 12th October 2014 and the five kidnappers were arrested while one of the kidnappers was killed in encounter with police.
15 -- Five abductees -- Kaoru and Yukiko Hasuike, Yasushi and Fukie Chimura, and Hitomi Soga -- return to Japan.
After perusal of the above report, Chief Justice passed the order that the abductee Zakir Ullah has been traced out and is being shifted to Rehabilitation Center, Lakki Marwat.
Another returned abductee, 54-year-old Kaoru Hasuike, issued a statement saying, ''I hope the Japanese government will analyze the state of affairs in North Korea carefully and make appropriate judgments, and do its best to secure the safety of the abductees still left (in the North).