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Spain: Arrest Warrants

Volume 472: debated on Wednesday 20 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with Spanish authorities on the decision of the courts there to seek international arrest warrants for 40 Rwandan soldiers accused of being complicit in the 1994 genocide. (186834)

The issue of any such arrest warrants is a matter for the Spanish judiciary. Officials are in contact with the relevant Spanish authorities to find out more information on this matter. The execution of a European Arrest Warrant (EAW) in the UK is a judicial process based on mutual recognition between EU member states. Any EAW becomes executable when received and certified by the relevant designated authority, which is the Serious Organised Crime Agency in the UK.