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European Arrest Warrants

20 December 2012

Freedom of Information Request: European Arrest Warrants

Thank you for your e-mail dated 27 November in which you asked for information about European arrest warrants under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

The European Arrest Warrant was introduced into United Kingdom Law on 1 January 2004 with the coming into force of the Extradition Act 2003 and as such I provide information for the years 2004 – 2012. The figures for 2012 are up to 30 November.

The tables below contain the number of warrants issued and the nature of the criminal conduct for which the warrant was issued.

2004 – 15 EAWs were issued:

3 x Sexual Offences

2 x Serious Assault

1 x Road Traffic

1 x Embezzlement

1 x Theft

1 x Abscond from Prison

3 x Drug Offences

1 x Assault and Robbery

1 x Bankruptcy Act

1 x Attempt to Defeat Ends of Justice



2005 – 14 EAWs were issued:



3 x Murder

1 x Assault to Severe Injury

4 x Drug Offences

2 x Theft

1 x Sexual Offences

1 x Culpable and Reckless Conduct

1 x Road Traffic

1 x Abduction








2006 – 22 EAWs were issued:



1 x Criminal Damage to a Plane

3 x Sexual Offences

7 x Drug Offences

6 x Serious Assault

1 x Attempt to Defeat Ends of Justice

1 x Road Traffic Offence

1 x Attempted Murder

2 x Tax Evasion





2007 – 15 EAWs were issued:



4 x Sexual Offences

2 x Drug Offences

3 x Serious Assault

2 x Fraud Offences

3 x Murder

1 x Conspiracy



2008 – 20 EAWs were issued:                  



7 x Sexual Offences

2 x Fraud

3 x Serious Assault

5 x Drug Offences

2 x Murder

1 x Abscond from Prison



2009 – 19 EAWs were issued:



6 x Sexual Offences

3 x Assault and Robbery

4 x Drug Offences

2 x Murder

2 x Firearms Offences

1 x Attempted Murder

1 x Fraud



 2010 – 14 EAWs were issued:



5 x Drug Offences

2 x Fraud

2 x Murder

2 x Sexual Offences

1 x Attempted Murder

1 x Road Traffic Offences

1 x Serious Assault



2011 – 4 EAWs were issued:



1 x Murder

2 x Sexual Offences

1 x Serious Assault



2012 – 14 EAWs were issued:



3 x Drug Offences

4 x Sexual Offences

2 x Murder

1 x Terrorism

1 x Money Laundering

1 x Fraud

1 x Attempted Murder

1 x Serious Assault