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Arrested pirates to face trial in Kenya

TT/The Local · 28 May 2009, 12:02

Published: 28 May 2009 12:02 GMT+02:00

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"Evidence from the HMS Malmö has proved decisive in the evaluation that they may be transferred to Kenya," said the Swedish unit's lawyer, Johan Henningsson, quoted on the Swedish Armed Forces' website.

"Images and video recordings, witness testimonies from both the vessel that came under attack and the crew of the corvette, the actions of the suspects in connection with their arrest and objects found on the fishing boat when it was boarded all contributed to view of [the EU's mission command] EUNAVFOR that there is strong enough evidence to bring them to justice in Kenya for piracy."

Henningsson added that Swedish personnel would accompany the suspects to Kenya before handing them over to the authorities in the East African country.

"Certain crew members from the HMS Malmö will also be called to the trial as witnesses," said Henningsson.

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The pirates were apprehended by staff from the HMS Malmö in the early hours of Tuesday morning as they attempted to board a Greek cargo vessel in the Gulf of Aden halfway between Yemen and Somalia.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

14:23 May 28, 2009 by moh

what law is kenya using to prosecute these pirates?

kenyan law? international law?

if its international my guess is they should be juged by internationally judges in an intnl court....like the one in hague for criminals

just wondering
14:50 May 28, 2009 by Bender B Rodriquez
Yes, Kenyan law. Any country can take home pirates and judge them according to their own law. EU has now decided that they will allow Kenya to handle this matter for pirates caught by EU vessels.

International law is merely a multilateral agreement between states, such as in this case.
20:08 May 28, 2009 by spy
If it was Swedish law they would be released, given a new boat and told to 'crack-on.'
21:01 May 28, 2009 by Nilspet
I am not sure the govt of Kenya is willing to pay what it costs to have trials. Will Obama pay for it?
21:49 May 28, 2009 by Bender B Rodriquez
EU pays for it.
08:32 May 29, 2009 by ChrisPDX
Are these really Pirates or Activists?

The news we get from main stream media is slanted at best.

Perhaps they are activists like Green Peace? Perhaps they are trying to protect their environment from ships dumping crap in the ocean and then washed up on their beaches?

I read this view before and it seems entirely plausible.

One would have to go to Somali to find out the real truth, eller?
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