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European Arrest Warrants (R010566)

European Arrest Warrants (R010566)

Thank you for your e-mail of 9 June 2015 in which you requested the following information under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA):  

“Under the Freedom of Information Act can u tell me between 4th May 2015 and 15th June 2015 (the period):

1. How many European Arrest Warrants (EAW) have been received by Scotland (inward) in the period above? 
2. What offences were they in relation to?
3. How many inward requests resulted in the person being returned?
4. How many EAW were issued by Scotland in the period above?
5. What offences were these in relation to?”


I have addressed each of your requests below: 

1.   Between 4 May 2015 and 15 June 2015 there were twenty five European Arrest Warrants received by Scotland.

2.   The offences involved

  • Tax evasion
  • Fraud
  • Drug offences
  • Assault
  • Theft
  • Attempted robbery
  • Attempted murder
  • Human trafficking
  • Rape
  • Reset
  • Vandalism
  • Robbery

3.   One request resulted in the person being returned.

4.   Between 4 May 2015 and 15 June 2015 one European Arrest Warrant was issued by Scotland.

5.   In relation to the aspect of your request to be provided with the offences involved in the one warrant issued by Scotland, I have concluded that this information is exempt from release under section 38(1)(b) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA). This exemption applies because to release this information could lead to the identification of the person named in the warrant. This information  would be personal data of a third party and disclosing it would contravene the data protection principles in Schedule 1 of the Data Protection Act 1998.  This is an absolute exemption and is not subject to the public interest test.