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"The witness said that, after a month spent detained at the police station in Sanski Most, he was transferred to Manjaca camp in mid-June. 'I was given over to the military police which ran the camp with a group of other prisoners. The camp itself was run by the army but its security personnel also included police personnel. Police from Kljuc were particularly notorious for their cruelty in beating up prisoners,' he said."
I take it that "given over" in the above sentence is synonymous with "handed over." Would you say that's correct? I didn't know "give over" could mean "hand over."
So would the following sentence be correct?
X gave the laptop over to Y.
Yes, "given over" is colloquial speak for "handed over" or transferred in this instance.
The same logic can not be extended to "give over". It does not mean "hand over".
In your sample sentence, "given over" meant that his case or his incarceration was transferred to another group which would watch him. The paragraph gives you the clue to its meaning.
Give over the money would mean hand it over.