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n
(Law) a trial conducted primarily to make a particular impression on the public or on other nations, esp one that demonstrates the power of the state over the individual
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n.
the public trial of a political offender conducted chiefly for propagandist purposes.
[1945–50]
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Noun1.show trial - a trial held for show; the guilt of the accused person has been decided in advance
trial - (law) the determination of a person's innocence or guilt by due process of law; "he had a fair trial and the jury found him guilty"; "most of these complaints are settled before they go to trial"
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show trial

nprocesso a scopo dimostrativo (spesso ideologico)
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He spoke after Police Minister Mike Penning refused to release documents relating to the case after shadow home secretary Andy Burnham presented a dossier of evidence he claimed shows the 24 were victims of a "politically motivated show-trial".
She was involved in the running of a subsidiary of the oil giant Yukos Oil and considered an associate of the company's owner Mikhail Khodorkovsky who was sentenced to prison in 2005 by the Russian courts in a much-publicised show-trial.
(Since there was no protection against self-incrimination, Romm's show-trial testimony was used against him.) The newly discovered information presented an opportunity to bring the novel to a dramatic and more satisfying conclusion.