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Among the pirates delivered by the Swedish Navy, a 14-year-old minor!

(B2)Among the seven pirates apprehended after the attack on the MV Antonis, which the Swedish navy handed over to Kenyan police on Monday, is a young man, who appears to be 14 years old according to Kenyan authorities. Tests will be carried out to verify the age of the person concerned, announces the national press. Furthermore, on Wednesday June 10, the American Navy handed over the 17 pirates it had apprehended with a Korean ship on May 13, after the attack on the MV Amira (as part of operation CTF 151).

This is starting to do a lot... For the Kenyan authorities, who have received more than a hundred pirates from allied and European forces (USA and EU) – most of them in recent months – the pirate affair is really starting to become difficult to manage. Mombasa being saturated, they decided to transfer the pirates to other towns. The 7 suspects handed over to the Swedish navy were thus transferred to Malindi, another port city in the country, to be tried there (they were indicted on Tuesday June 9). The same will apply to the 17 suspects delivered by the US Navy (charged Thursday June 11).

Hunger-strike. In Mombasa, the situation is indeed tense. Thus, 18 suspects interned at Mombasa prison, “Shimo la Tewa”, who are due to go on trial this week, are said to be on hunger strike.


Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).