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Ten pirates sentenced to 5 years in prison in Yemen

A court in Aden province (Yemen) sentenced 10 pirates to five years in prison on Sunday. Three other suspects were released for lack of evidence, we learned from the Yemeni press.

This brings to at least 280, according to the “Pirates” database in Brussels2, the number of pirates convicted over the past two years. At least 162 were in Puntland, 32 in Yemen, 27 in Somaliland (*), 43 in Kenya, 11 in Seychelles. While 5 were convicted in the Netherlands. The sentences generally range between 5 and 10 years in prison, more rarely above (15, 17 or 20 years in prison). Two death sentences were handed down, both recently, one in Yemen (against 6 pirates in May), the other in Puntland (against 1 pirate).

(*) These figures are subject to caution and to permanent revision.



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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