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7 pirates arrested in flagrante delicto by a Spanish frigate (update)

(photo credit: ESP Ministry of Defense / EUNAVFOR)

(BRUSSELS2) 7 pirates were apprehended this morning (Tuesday August 3) by the Spanish frigate SPS Victoria, we learned from the HQ of Atalanta, the European anti-piracy mission.

It was very early this morning when the Spanish frigate received a distress call from a Norwegian chemical tanker, the MV BOW SAGA, which is sailing in the transit corridor in the middle of the Gulf of Aden. He was the victim of a full-blown pirate attack with shooting on the bridge, which broke several windows. The sailors of the Bow Saga move to safety and delay the assault with the application of Best Management Practices (1). Which allows the helicopter from the Spanish frigate to arrive. At the roar of the machine, the pirates begin to flee. But they are stopped by warning shots from the helicopter, joined by the frigate. At the bottom of the skiff, the Spanish sailors found weapons. It is not yet clear whether the arrested hackers are part of the same organization that seized the MV Suez here.

(updated 4/8) The pirates have been released off the coast of Somalia, Atalanta HQ announced. In question, indicate the military, “the absence of a legal framework and time constraints did not allow the 7 suspects to be prosecuted safely“. This underlines “the need to continue efforts to harmonize the legal proceedings system”.

(Nicolas Gros-Verheyde)

(1) Read: Piracy – the ABCs of preventing pirate attacks: latest edition!

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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