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Six Somali Pirates To Face Trial in Seychelles Court

September 3, 2012 - 12:08:57 UTC

Six Suspect Pirates To Go On Trial In Seychelles Court

Press Release

Six new suspected Somali Pirates have appeared before the Seychelles court today for the offence of acts of piracy on the high seas and have all been remanded for 14 days.

Disrupted dhow; capture 6 pirates - Photo: NATO Oceanshield

Disrupted dhow - Photo: @Oceanshield(NATO)

Aged between 15 and 38 years old, the suspected pirates arrived in the country on Saturday 1 September having left the Dutch Patrol Vessel HNLMS Rotterdam after the Seychelles government responded positively to holding their trial there. The suspect pirates were flown in on a RNLAF KDC-10 aircraft departing from Salalah, Oman [UPDATE}.

The suspected pirates were apprehended on the 13 August on their way to Somalia on board a Cargo vessel, named Burhan Noor, which they had captured on the 11 August in the Gulf of Aden.  Burhan Noor Master and 14 crew members who, along with their vessel, were captured and taken hostage were all Pakistanis.

The hijacked vessel was flying the Comoros flag and was sailing out of Sharjah port with general cargo when it was seized.

According to HNLMS Rotterdam Captain, the suspected pirates initially refused to surrender, threatened to fight them and to even kill the hostages, so his men had to fire warning shots to frighten them before boarding Burhan Noor and liberating the hostages.

After having had their statements recorded, the Master and crew were released on the 14 August to continue their journey to Salalah, Oman.

The 6 suspected pirates will reappear before the Supreme Court on the 18 September.

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