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The nine suspects transferred to the Seychelles

the arrest of the suspects by Danish commandos on November 10 (credit: Danish Navy)
the arrest of the suspects by Danish commandos on November 10 (credit: Danish navy)

(BRUSSELS2) The nine suspected pirates arrested by the Danish ship Esbern Snare, were successfully transferred to the Seychelles on Saturday afternoon (November 30), B2 learned from Operation Ocean Shield HQ in Northwood. Information confirmed by the Danish Navy.

The nine pirates, aged between 16 and 35, had been detained on board the royal navy ship since November 10. Although suspected of having attacked two merchant ships: the Chinese ship from Hong Kong, the Mv Zhongji #1 and Torm Kansas, flying the Danish flag, the Danish public prosecutor considered that it could not repatriate the suspects pursuing the pirates on national soil. This is the third time that the bilateral agreement signed by Denmark with the Indian Ocean archipelago has allowed referral to Seychelles justice (*).

For the Danish Defense Minister, Nicolai Wammen, "hasWith the transfer of the nine suspected pirates to Seychelles, we have once again shown that Danish and international efforts in the Horn of Africa are making a difference. I am happy and grateful that Seychelles is ready to take on so much responsibility to combat piracy in the region. » It should be noted that the Seychelles are also home to the Challenger patrol aircraft. The Seychelles Minister of Internal Affairs and Transport, Joel Morgan, called, in a statement, “States in the region also shoulder their share of the burden for the prosecution and imprisonment of Somali pirates. Which is crucial to ensuring stability and lasting security in the Western Indian Ocean.”


(*) Unlike the European Union which has signed several multilateral transfer agreements valid for the ships participating in the EUNavfor Atalanta operation (with the Seychelles and Mauritius in particular), NATO does not have the Ocean Shield of such legal coverage. It is up to each participating State to find an adequate legal formula.

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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).