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With the Seychelles Coast Guard, develop the collection of evidence

(BRUSSELS2) Taking advantage of its stopover in Seychelles, the BPC Tonnerre – which is participating in the EU anti-piracy operation – and the Seychelles Coast Guard carried out a joint exercise on Friday (26 April), as part of the European mission to strengthen maritime capacities in the Indian Ocean (EUCAP Nestor).

At stake: the (fictitious) interception of a skiff of suspected pirates in Seychelles waters arrested jointly by the Topaz, the coast guard vessel, and a helicopter from the Tonnerre national navy.

Objective of the maneuver: to strengthen coordination and cooperation between the Seychelles Coast Guard and European forces, and to train the coast guard in the procedures for handling evidence, at the international level. EUCAP Nestor is currently developing a manual with the Seychelles Coast Guard on evidence handling procedures. And European experts were on board the Topas to clarify " provide advice on dealing with suspected pirates and collecting evidence on the skiff » we specify at Atalanta HQ.

NB: the collection and preservation of evidence is one of the main problems facing the multinational anti-piracy forces deployed off the coast of Somalia and in the Indian Ocean when it comes to wanting to transfer pirates arrested in sea, whether in flagrante delicto or in prevention.

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).