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Piracy Suspects Transferred to Seychellois Authorities

April 26, 2019 - 17:38:11 UTC

Piracy Suspects Transferred to Seychellois Authorities

EUNAVFOR Somalia Op Atalanta has transferred five suspected pirates to Seychellois authorities today after responding to piracy attacks on 21 April.

Spanish flagship ESPS Navarra apprehends dhow mothership & suspected pirates Photo: EUNAVFOR

Spanish flagship ESPS Navarra transported the five suspected pirates to Seychelles on the afternoon of 25 April. The suspects have now been transferred to Seychellois authorities in accordance with a transfer agreement between the Seychelles and the European Union and with support from UN Office on Drugs and Crime. (UNODC).

For humanitarian reasons, Operation Atalanta has requested medical assistance from the Seychellois authorities upon ESPS Navarra’s arrival for two of the suspects, who were likely wounded during piracy attempts.

EUNAVFOR has confirmed that on 21 April, suspected pirates seized a Yemeni fishing dhow in the Indian Ocean off the central Somali coast. The suspects then proceeded to attack the fishing vessels Adria and Txori Argi (OCEANUSLive).

The masters, crews, and private security teams on board both vessels applied Best Management Practices (BMP) measures and avoided the attack. It is understood that the suspects conducted the subsequent attacks while using the Yemeni dhow as a mothership.

On 21 April, EUNAVFOR dispatched its German and Spanish Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircrafts to search the area. In addition, EUNAVFOR flagship ESPS Navarra left the port in Mombasa in order to proceed to the area. On 23 April, ESPS NAVARA successfully intercepted and boarded the dhow, resulting in the release of 23 Yemeni hostages.

Original source: EUNAVFOR


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