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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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The SFO revealed that the High Court had rejected its bid for a voluntary bill of indictment, which would have allowed it to take Mr Whiteley and the five others to trial.
Concerning the case of the 22 people accused of calling for the overthrow of the political system, spreading malicious and fabricated news and rumours, transmitting pictures that are harmful to the kingdom's image, protesting illegally and holding swords, the court allowed the lawyers to have access to bill of indictment and meet the suspects and decided to hold the next hearing on June 28.
the awaited bill of indictment that will be issued by the tribunal and
The request for the enquiry was filed by current 'prime minister' of the north Ferdi Sabit Soyer to the north's 'chief prosecutor' after sections of the bill of indictment to be presented against Ergenekon suspects in the Turkish courts were published in a Turkish Cypriot newspaper.
On the other hand, in the bill of indictment against General Pinochet, most of which is well warranted, the charge that he committed "genocide" stands out as self-evidently absurd.
However, it was revealed earlier this year the the SFO was trying to resurrect the case using an unusual legal procedure known as a voluntary bill of indictment, which would have allowed it to resurrect the criminal proceedings.
Despite this it has now emerged that the Serious Fraud Office has asked the High Court for a voluntary bill of indictment, a rare procedure which would allow criminal proceedings to be started afresh despite the earlier ruling.
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.