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Arrest Warrant

A written order issued by authority of the state and commanding the seizure of the person named.

An arrest warrant must be based on a complaint that alleges Probable Cause that the person named has committed a specific offense, and it must be issued according to the formalities required by the rules of the court. The Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure specify that the warrant must be signed by the magistrate and must describe the offense charged. The defendant must be named or described in such a way that he or she can be identified with reasonable certainty. The warrant must also command that the defendant be arrested and brought before the nearest available magistrate.

arrest warrant (warrant of arrest)

n. a judge's order to law enforcement officers to arrest and bring to jail a person charged with a crime. The warrant is issued upon a sworn declaration by the district attorney, a police officer or an alleged victim that the accused person committed a crime. (See: warrant of arrest)

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The court while issuing arrest warrants of Hussain Haqqani maintained Hussain Haqqani has violated affidavit filed by him in SC.
It may be mentioned here that during last week hearing, the court had also maintained his bailable arrest warrants and rejected his application seeking exemption from personal hearing.
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The European arrest warrant should not be used in cases involving minor offences, and member states should ensure their legislation fully complies with the framework decision setting up this legal instrument.
Christian leader and head of the anti- Syrian Lebanese Forces (LF), Samir Geagea, called on Syria Tuesday to withdraw its 33 arrest warrants issued for politicians and journalists of Lebanese, Arab and foreign nationalities, who were ordered, in absentia, to appear before Syrian courts for questioning about the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri (see MER 4/10/2010), the leftist daily AS SAFIR reported Wednesday.
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