Arrested pirates to face trial in Kenya

Seven pirates arrested off the coast of Somalia by a Swedish naval unit on Tuesday are likely to be taken to Kenya to face trial.

Arrested pirates to face trial in Kenya

“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.

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.

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Swedish citizen appointed next prime minister of Somalia

A Swedish-Somali engineer has been named the new prime minister of Somalia after his predecessor was ousted by a no-confidence vote.

Swedish citizen appointed next prime minister of Somalia
Mohamed Hussein Roble, centre, came to Sweden in 1992 and got his citizenship five years later. Photo: Somali Presidents' Office
Mohamed Hussein Roble came to Sweden in 1992, shortly after the armed coup that thrust the country into its long civil war. He became a Swedish citizen five years later. 
In 2000, he gained his masters in Environmental Technology and Sustainable Infrastructure from the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. 
Most recently, he has been working for the International Labour Organisation in Nairobi, Kenya. 
Roble's appointment was announced by President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed on Friday, with Abdinur Mohamed, his deputy chief of staff tweeting out a picture of the new prime minister on Friday. 
The appointment still needs to be confirmed by a vote of country's parliament. 
In a statement, President Farmajo called on Roble to “immediately form a capable government that will lead the country to elections and make significant efforts to consolidate security gains, rebuild the armed forces, develop infrastructure, expand basic services.”