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indictment

(ĭn-dīt′mĕnt)
First step in criminal procedure; a written accusation or charge that identifies the alleged offense that must be proved at trial, beyond a reasonable doubt, in order to convict the defendant.
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A spokesman for the SFO said on Friday: "The High Court has today refused an application by the Serious Fraud Office for a Voluntary Bill of Indictment in the matter of R v Evans, Whiteley, Bodman, Davies, Walters and Humphreys.
The court allowed the suspects to meet their relatives and adjourned the case to June 13 in order to enable the defence team to meet the defendants and have access to the bill of indictment.
Not all those facing arraignment on the bill of indictment, containing a total of nine charges ranging from riotous assembly to causing GBH to a policewoman, were dealt with together.
A bill of indictment is expected to be announced soon against the suspects, who include 24 fugitives, according to security sources.
The charges concern two of the gravest offenses in criminal law," deputy Attorney-general Akis Papasavvas told reporters yesterday after revealing that the bill of indictment had been filed with the Nicosia district court.
Austin American-Statesman, 9/14/05; Travis County District Court Bill of Indictment, Thomas Dale DeLay, 9/28/05; CQ Weekly, 3/20/2004; San Antonio Express-News, 3/15/2004; Austin American-Statesman, 2/26/2004; FEC,4/8/2004; Texas Ethics Commission, 4/8/2004; AP, 3/20/04; Houston Chronicle, 10/15/05] -- McCain Strategist Terry Nelson Supervised James Tobin During NH Phone Jamming Scandal; Tobin Convicted of Federal Telephone Harassment Charges, Nelson Listed as a Witness.
I have given instructions for the bill of indictment to be written upC* it concerns most serious offenses of the criminal code," he said.