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abet (someone) in

To help someone in an activity, usually an illegal one. If you drove the robber's getaway car, then you abetted him in a crime! Everyone thinks you abetted Connie in starting this rumor.
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aid and abet

To assist someone, usually in a mischievous or illegal activity. Gary was arrested and charged with aiding and abetting the jewelry thief. I know other kids aided and abetted Paul in egging our house—he's just the only one who got caught.
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abet someone in something

to help someone in some deed; to help someone do something illegal. Surely you do not expect me to abet you in this crime!
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aid and abet someone

Cliché to help someone; to incite someone to do something, possibly something that is wrong. (Originally a legal phrase.) He was scolded for aiding and abetting the boys who were fighting.
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aid and abet

If someone aids and abets another person, they help or encourage them to do something criminal or wrong. His wife was sentenced to seven years imprisonment for aiding and abetting him. Note: This expression is often used in legal contexts.
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aid and abet

help and encourage someone to do something wrong, especially to commit a crime.
Abet comes from an Old French term meaning ‘to encourage a hound to bite’.
1986 Frank Peretti This Present Darkness She strained to think of…any friend who would still aid and abet a fugitive from the law, without questions.
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They further argue any accusations of miscount by Kanda regarding Sharma could not be seen as serious enough to warrant charges of abetment of suicide.
He was found involved in transporting 10 Suicide Bombers for attack on Pakistan Air Force Base Peshawar/ Law Enforcement Agencies and abetment in attack on Army Public School Peshawar.
During the course of inquiry, the evidence collected revealed that the accused persons Mehr Ahmad Shoaib ur Rehman and Mehr Zia ur Rehman, Director/ Mortgagor/ Guarantor of M/S Lakk Developers in active aid, abetment and assistance of others committed the offence of willful loan default which was punishable under National Accountability Ordinance (NAO) 1999.
A case of abetment of suicide should be lodged against the Central government and the state government.
The students were expelled on charges of adopting unfair means and a dozen parents or guardians were arrested for abetment," the official said.
Justifying the delay in the 26/11 investigations, Malik further emphasised that it is difficult to prove conspiracy and abetment.
The accused are still in possession of plots illegally obtained in connivance, aid, assistance and abetment of other persons.
THE Delhi Police has arrested a senior doctor working at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences ( AIIMS) in New Delhi on abetment to suicide charges after the body of his wife was found at a hotel in the city on Saturday.
Kanda has been charged with rape, abetment to suicide, criminal conspiracy and forgery under various acts.
He was booked for abetment the following day after the victim mentioned police harassment in her suicide note.
Moreover, the charge sheet has been filed and if we go by with the charge sheet, then only substantial charge against me is the abetment of suicide.
His wife Laxmiben was also arrested for abetment of the crime but was later granted bail by a local court in 2013.
The JIT recommended that section 109 PPC should be deleted from the FIR as all the accused nominated under abetment charges are innocent.
The 18th amendment to the Constitution made abetment and validation of take-overs acts of high treason as well.
The tribunal found him guilty of 61 charges under five categories -- conspiracy, incitement, planning, abetment and failure to prevent killing.