Nine Suspected Pirates Transferred to Seychelles for Trial
THE SEYCHELLES Ministry of Foreign Affairs and that of Home Affairs have agreed to accept the transfer to Seychelles for prosecution of nine suspected Somali pirates captured on the high seas by the Royal Danish Navy participating in the NATO Operations against Piracy in the region.
The nine suspected pirates were apprehended on the 10 November after they attacked Danish Ship, MV Torm Kansas, 9 November. The Torm Kansas retaliated, managed to repel the attacks, and solicited back up from their base to arrest the attackers.
It was another Danish Navy ship, HDMS Esbern Snare, which was tasked to locate the position where the attack was reported on their colleagues.
After the capture of the suspected pirates, a whaler being used as mother ship by the suspects was destroyed, however, the skiff, from which they use to actually carry out their attacks, was seized for the purpose of investigation.
According to information collected, the nine suspects also tried to attack Hong Kong-flagged MV Zhongji No1 on 6 November, but armed security personnel on board retaliated and repelled the attacks.
The suspected pirates, aged between 14 and 35 years of age, together with their skiff, were handed over to the Seychelles authority late yesterday [30 Nov] afternoon.
Source: Seychelles Police PR Office
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