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I saw a headline where they said Nnamdi Kanu (freedom fighter in Nigeria) was discharged but not acquitted in a court case charges leveled against him by the Nigerian government.

What is the difference between discharged and acquitted?

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Criminal Procedure Code, 1973 is concerned with criminal law, in India. It permits the Court to acquit or discharge the person arrested, in relation to the alleged offence. There is a wide misunderstanding among folks that acquittal and discharge are synonyms, but that’s not true. While Acquittal is a verdict by the Judge, that the accused is not guilty of the offence which is charged on him.

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