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What is a European Arrest Warrant?

A European Arrest Warrant (EAW) is an arrest warrant valid throughout all member states of the European Union (EU).

A European arrest Warrant can only be issued in certain circumstances.  An EAW cannot be issued by a member state just to enable an investigation and as such must be tied to a prosecution or the enforcement of a prison sentence.

Once issued, it requires another member state to arrest and transfer a criminal suspect or sentenced person to the issuing state so that the person can be put on trial or complete a detention period.

It is important that family members obtain urgent expert advice when someone is taken into custody. If you, or any one close to you are concerned about this issue contact us today.

Further information on an EAW can be found on this wiki.

Linked news: Maria Monan obtains bail for man detained in custody abroad following the issue of a European Arrest Warrant.


This reflects the law at the date of publication and is written as a general guide. It does not contain definitive legal advice, which should be sought as appropriate in relation to a particular matter.

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