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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 A parent whose legal rights to custody of a child have been revoked can be guilty of the crime for taking the child.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.

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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.
Bedside Dream Dictionary by Silvana Amar Copyright © 2007 by Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
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The liberated abductees and their families, for their part, thanked President al-Assad for his unremitting following of the detail of every operation to liberate the free women of Sweida eastern countryside and their sons, appreciating heroes of the army who offered sacrifices in order to liberate the abductees.
However, recently bargain between the abductee and the family members was struck at Rs.
According to the source, Matsumoto and other abductees were gathered in the Sunan district of Pyongyang sometime after April 2012 when Kim assumed the post of the First Secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea.
In contrast to Japan, where the Liberal Democrats used the abduction issue to craft an unexpected victory in November 2003 and where a separate cabinet office was established on the issue with the prime minister as ex-officio chair, there was only minor policy adjustment on the abductee issue in South Korea.
There's another, far more likely, explanation for the reported experiences of the "abductees," says McNally.
Abductees might be taken in remote areas or simply `beamed up' from their own bedrooms.
Yamen's father, who arrived from Tartous early in the morning, is living emotionally-charged moments along with other abductees' families who are waiting nervously at al-Fayhaa Sports City, hoping to get wind of any information about their beloved ones.
KHYBER AGENCY -- After remaining in their custody for 155 days, 17 abductees were released by unidentified militants somewhere in Afghanistan.
Moeen Masood directed SHO Dhudial police station Raja Hamid Khan to recover the abductee within 48 hours.
It should be mentioned here that British High Commission contacted Prime Minister for the recovery of the abductee.
The report was submitted and it was informed that Zakir Ullah (abductee) was to be shifted to Rehabilitation Center Lakki Marwat in a couple of days and his name was to be deleted from the list of missing person.
Former North Korean agent Kim Hyon Hui met Wednesday with the parents of Megumi Yokota, one of the Japanese abducted by Pyongyang, while telling family members of another abductee that she saw several people in North Korea who a Japanese organization suspects were abducted by the North while she was still in the country.