maritime piracy

Arrest of the 5 pirates in the Gulf of Aden (Update)

(credit: French Navy / EUNavfor Atalanta)
(credit: French Navy / EUNavfor Atalanta)

(BRUSSELS2) The perpetrators of the January 17 attack against the tanker Nave Atropos flying the flag of the Mashall Islands near the Yemeni and Omani coasts were arrested late Saturday (January 18) morning. It is the flagship of the European anti-piracy operation Atalanta, the TCD Siroco (France), aided by Japanese resources, which stopped, in the Gulf of Aden, a dhow serving as a mother ship for pirates (the Shane Hind).

On the night of Friday January 17, 2014, the headquarters of the European naval force EUNAVFOR Atalanta, on board the TCD Siroco, was alerted via the Mercury network (which serves as a data exchange platform). information between all forces in the region) of the attack on the tanker. A Japanese P3 Orion maritime patrol plane and a first spotting by the on-board helicopter JS Samidare first made it possible to locate the dhow.

Le TCD Siroco which was nearby then took over, with its on-board helicopter, Alouette III, to stop the dhow, followed by a boarding team on board a RHIB to arrest its occupants. The military precisely identified the dhow as the one sought during the attack.

(As usual), the suspects, upon seeing the helicopter, began by throwing their various piracy equipment overboard. Maneuver duly recorded by the French helicopter and the RHIB sailors. The crew of 11 sailors, Indians, was released and five suspects arrested. THE " 5 suspected pirates were taken care of by the Siroco crew in accordance with legal rules » we specify to the General Staff of the French army. They have " underwent a medical examination and were able to eat while awaiting the procedure for collecting evidence to allow the prosecution of the alleged pirates in court..

(MAJ) 21.01 with details on the judicial follow-up

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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