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4 and a half years in prison for 9 pirates in the Netherlands

(B2) Nine pirates involved in the capture of an Iranian ship, the feddah, and his crew last year in the Gulf of Aden have just been sentenced to 4 and a half years in prison in the Netherlands. During their interception on April 2, 2011, they had, in fact, fired on the Dutch soldiers of the Hr Ms Tromp who wanted to inspect the ship to stop them. 2 pirates were killed in the ensuing exchange of fire and 16 others arrested. 7 of them were quickly released and the others transferred to Dutch justice. Their trial just ended on Friday at the Rotterdam court. The judges imposed his sentences on charges of hijacking a fishing boat but dismissed the murder charges, ruling that it could not be determined who had fired on the Marines during the operation.

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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).