News Blogmaritime piracy

Kenyan fishing boat freed by Galicia

Destruction of a pirate skiff by the Galicia (Credit: EUNAVFOR Atalanta)
Destruction of a pirate skiff by the Galicia (Credit: EUNAVFOR Atalanta)

(BRUSSELS2) - updated 27 Sept and 1 Oct - The amphibious ship, Galicia, which is taking part in the European anti-piracy operation (EUNAVFOR Atalanta) deployed in the Indian Ocean, released, on 24 September, a fishing boat Kenyan (the Sherry), hijacked by pirates and used as a mother ship, announces the Spanish Navy.

Detected on radar

During a patrol, the Galicia's sailors detected a ship on radar. Looking more carefully, they saw several people on the edge of the dhow waving to attract its attention. A visiting party then boarded the boat. The crew also warned the sailors of the presence of four pirates on board. They recognized their condition and were arrested without resistance, we say on the side of the Spanish navy. But some of the pirates were able to escape. Shortly before being intercepted, the rest of the pirates fled in a skiff, with weapons and ammunition, according to the testimony of the ten crew members freed. Galicia's helicopter set off in pursuit of the pirate ship.

Legal proceedings

The 4 pirates apprehended will be judged by the Kenyan authorities. They were handed over when the Galicia arrived in Mombasa on 29 September. Information confirmed by HQ Atalanta. The parties pleaded not guilty. The Chief Magistrate of the Mombasa Court, Lillian Mutende, refused, on October 1, according to the Kenyan press, their release on bail, in "the interests of justice". She believes that there is little chance that they will represent themselves in court. The file could be examined on October 19.

(Nicolas Gros-Verheyde)

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).