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The five pirates arrested by Navarra charged in Seychelles. A repeat offender among them

(B2) The Supreme Court of Seychelles on Tuesday (28 May) formally charged the five suspected Somali pirates transferred to Seychelles by the European anti-piracy force (EU NAVFOR Atalanta). 

Three of the five suspected pirates appearing in court on April 29 (© Rassin Vannier / seychelles news agency )

They should be summoned back to court on June 7 according to theSeychelles information agency, reflecting police information. The five suspects were transferred to Seychelles on April 26 after their arrest by Atalanta's flagship, the Spanish frigate Navarra (The five pirates arrested by the Spaniards transferred to the Seychelles). A few days after their arrest, three of the five suspects appeared in court for the first time on Monday April 29. Two of the remaining pirates were being treated in hospital for their injuries.

A repeat offender among the suspects

Interesting clarification: one of the pirates seems to be a repeat offender. He was previously arrested and transferred to Seychelles authorities in November 2017 and repatriated to Somalia in December 2018, according to Seychelles police. He was allegedly involved in the attack on Galerna III according to our information.


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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).