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show trial

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

show′ tri`al


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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1570;A We are outraged by this ruling against a senior journalist and we warn those who are overseeing this show trial against harming him,آA said IFJ General Secretary Anthony Bellanger in a statement.
Paris, the city where his show trial was held and where he was eventually exonerated in 1906, has no street named after Dreyfus, who was exiled to a French colony in South America where he suffered greatly for the false and anti-Semitic charges brought against him.
Under the chairmanship of President Petro Poroshenko, the National Security and Defense Council approved the sanction list against individuals involved in the show trial of Nadiya Savchenko in Russia.
She has denied wrongdoing, and, from the glass and metal cage where she has been held in the courtroom, has often shouted her view that she is the victim of a show trial aimed at humiliating Ukraine.
From 1661 to 1664, FranceAEs King Louis XIV orchestrated a show trial of his former superintendent of finance, Nicholas Fouquet, on charges of embezzlement and high treason.
My client strongly believes this case was nothing more than a show trial - an effort by the CPS to regain some confidence after failing to bring a prosecution despite FGM laws being in place since 1985.
The trial chamber must ensure that this trial does not turn into a fictitious trial, or a kind of show trial," said Mohammad Aouini, defense counsel for Hassan Habib Merhi, on the second day of hearings after the resumption of the trial at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.
Amnesty International urged the Turkish authorities to abandon what it called "a vindictive, politically motivated show trial without a shred of evidence of actual crimes".
Last week 55 people were sentenced for terrorism, separatism and murder at a show trial in Xinjiang.
However, it has to be asked whether the mark has been overstepped recently, when cameras are allowed to show trial proceedings "live", even if there is a 20 second delay.
A third-person narrative chronicles Romms life and work from the late tsarist era through the 1937 Moscow show trial.
Days after ordering the show trial and execution of uncle and former mentor Jang Song Thaek, Kim Jong Un enjoyed a trip round the resort near the city of Wonsan.