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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 A parent whose legal rights to custody of a child have been revoked can be guilty of the crime for taking the child.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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Kidnap, ransom and extortion (KRE) insurance responds to cases involving virtual or actual kidnapping, reimbursing the victim for ransom paid and lost.
An ongoing kidnap trend dubbed as "virtual kidnapping" is rampant nowadays, DFAT warned.
Cheshire Police confirmed Hughes and Prior were arrested on suspicion of kidnap, following the earlier arrest of a 22-year-old man on suspicion of kidnap, theft of a motor vehicle and aggravated burglary.
Yemenis are familiar with the old joke: a tribal man asks his son to kidnap a foreigner to pressure the government over his demands.
According to a Sharjah Police official, Al Gharb police station was notified about the kidnap.
On February 6, he is accused of trying to kidnap two 15-year-old girls close to Chippenham.
Thomas Neil Ashton, 20, of no given address, is charged with conspiracy to kidnap, conspiracy to commit blackmail, having a firearm with intent, possession of a firearm and conspiracy to cause GBH.
In a significant admission against interest, Macedo stated that his reason for being implanted was because of "widespread corruption" in his own government, which is "considered to be a major factor in the authorities' lack of success in tackling the kidnap problem.
The Foreign Ministry statement, carried by North Korea's state-run Korean Central News Agency, accused the Japanese government of keeping the kidnap victims ''captive'' in Japan.
The men, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were arrested following an alleged kidnap attempt on November 2, 2002.
A Scotland Yard spokesman said: ``Officers from the Kidnap and Special Investigations Unit have fully investigated the allegation of a conspiracy to kidnap Victoria Beckham.
Last week at Warwick Crown Court, Biddulph, 29, of Small Heath, Birmingham, was jailed for three years and eight months after pleading guilty to two charges of kidnapping and one of attempted kidnap.