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Kenyans will welcome pirate suspects back. Agreement criticized internally

(B2) Kenya's agreement concluded with the UN Security Council to welcome (again) pirates caught in the Indian Ocean by multinational forces is causing tensions within the government according to the Kenyan press. The Minister of Justice, Mutula Kilonzo, in particular, criticizes this “bad agreement (reached) on international pressure” which exposes Kenya to a “increased terrorist threat” without real compensation, “nor sharing of burdens”.

UNDOC – the United Nations office on drugs and crime – has $9,3 million from international donors to renovate Shimo La Tewa prison in Mombasa (housing, water supply, food, etc.). ) which can accommodate up to approximately 2500 prisoners. The prison should also house the court which will hear the trial of suspected pirates. Magistrates will be trained in the specificities of maritime law and piracy. And a computerized system will be put in place allowing the management of files such as video links (useful for hearing witnesses remotely). Interpreters providing translation into Somali and French will also be available.

(NVP)

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).

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