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Six Somali pirates sentenced to prison in Spain

(BRUSSELS2) THESpanish National Audiencia condemned to severe punishment — 16 years and half of prison —, Wednesday (February 4), the six pirates who attempted to attack the basque tuna boat "Izurdia” in the Indian Ocean in October 2012.

Adawe Yusuf Ali, Abdi Ali Salad, Myself Abdilahi Jama, Yahye Ali Omar Hasan, Mahamed Ali Hirsi have been recognized guilty of belonging to a criminal organization, as well which two people other pirates, for having attacked the tuna boat Basque have resisted arrest and participated in the attack against other ships. The magistrate Spanish Javier echarri Fermin didn't really consider credible version of accused who had assured that “ they were fishing », underlines the Europapress agency which reports the information.

A structured network

Les members of this « group was " experienced noted the judges. Many of them had participated in the kidnapping other ships, as pointed out ces experts based on a report intelligence analyzing fingerprints and localized messages in the mobile phones which had been seized. « All defendants were part ofan organization dedicated to piracy, based in Harare” said the judges, adding that it was a network " permanent, hierarchical, with un sharing of responsibilities, a funding and weapons of war ».

Attack in October 2012

The pirates had attempted an RPG and AK-47 attack on the tuna vessel. But the attack was repelled by the tuna boat's private guards. The pirates fled aboard their skiff but were spotted by aerial assets deployed by European forces. Un Dutch ship, the Rotterdam, participating in the NATO maritime operation “Ocean Shield”, 200 miles off the Somali coast was responsible for arresting them (read: Spanish tuna boat attacked, 7 suspects boarded). 7 suspects had thus been arrested and transferred to a Spanish vessel, the Castilla, to bring them to Djibouti. Of the 7 suspects, one was a minor and had been released. For the other six, the central court of instruction n° 3 of the Audiencia Nacional had recognized their competence and decreed their transfer to a Spanish jurisdiction. A plane of the Spanish air force, specially chartered, had repatriated them, at the end of October in Spain. (read : Izurdia pirates transferred to Spain).



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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