maritime piracy

Twelve pirates transferred to Mauritius (Update)

Accompanied by a legal expert from the Operation Atalanta staff, an officer from A Mauritian police officer went aboard the Surcouf to carry out the administrative formalities and collect the evidence package consisting of exhibits , testimonies and reports collected by the French frigate (credit: DICOD / French Ministry of Defence)

(BRUSSELS2) We wrote it a few days ago. This is now officially confirmed by a press release from Eunavfor Atalanta HQ. The 12 pirates arrested together by the American ship USS Halyburton (Ocean Shield / NATO) and the French frigate Surcouf (Eunavfor Atalanta / EU) in early January were transferred to the judicial authorities of Mauritius this Friday (January 25). They will be judged on the island by a special court. And they can then be transferred to serve their sentence in Puntland.

Dressed in black, the twelve suspects arrived at Plaisance airport, aboard a Dornier aircraft specially chartered for the occasion (registered 5Y – BRX), coming from Djibouti, according to the daily l'Express de Maurice. After completing administrative procedures, they were loaded into armored trucks of the Mauritian police around 20:30 p.m. and placed in detention in the Alcatraz dungeons, at the Central Barracks.

This is the first time that the Indian Ocean island has welcomed piracy suspects for the purpose of prosecuting them. The result of an agreement signed between Mauritius and the European Union more than a year ago (July 2011). The American military had let their French counterparts ensure the arrest of the suspects in order to be able to guarantee prosecutions.

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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).