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The latest piracy case tried in the Seychelles

The surrender of the pirates to the Seychelles (credit: French Navy / DICOD)
The handover of the pirates to the Seychelles on January 30, 2014 (credit: French Navy / EMA)

(BRUSSELS2) In what is the latest piracy case tried in Seychelles, the Port Victoria court on Friday (June 10) sentenced five Somalis to 12 years in prison. The trial, which lasted more than two years, did not allow the Indians who were on board the dhow captured by the pirates to be heard, according to Seychelles news who comments on the information.

The five pirates had been arrested by the French Navy on January 18, 2014, by the TCD Siroco, which was then the flagship of the European anti-piracy operation Atalanta very far from the Seychelles, near the Yemeni and Oman coasts, after the attack the day before against the tanker Nave Atropos flying the flag of the Mashall Islands using the Indian dhow as a mothership (read: Arrest of 5 pirates in the Gulf of Aden).

After searching in vain for a country capable of bringing the pirates to justice, the French navy finally found a favorable welcome in the Seychelles. They were thus disembarked on January 30, 2014 in the archipelago and handed over to the Seychelles authorities (read: Pirates handed over to Seychelles).

Over the past six years, Seychelles has investigated nearly 20 piracy cases, convicting more than a hundred pirates. Several of them were either released or sent back to Somalia to serve out the remainder of their sentences. 22 Somalis were still incarcerated at the Montagne prison set up in March according to the Seychelles online daily.


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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).