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Deliberately enticing a person into committing a crime in order to secure his conviction, as by offering to buy drugs from him. The English courts do not recognize entrapment as a defence. However, a court may stay proceedings as an abuse of the court's process or rule that certain evidence is inadmissible on the ground that the admission of the evidence would have such an adverse effect on the fairness of the proceedings that it ought not to be admitted (Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 s78). Entrapment may also be used as a reason for mitigating a sentence. See also agent provocateur.

Subjects: Law.

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