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show trial

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Law
show trialˈshow ˌtrial noun [countable]  SCTan unfair trial that is organized by a government for political reasons, not in order to find out whether someone is guilty Stalin staged a series of show trials.
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show trialIn 1989 he confessed at a show trial to trafficking in gold and ivory, and was shot.The Party, you see, wanted a show trial.After a brief show trial they were put in solitary confinement in appalling conditions until March this year.
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