Seychelles Sentences 11 Somali Pirates

Eleven Somali men have been sentenced to between 18 months and 16 years in jail by aSeychelles court, which found them guilty of committing acts of piracy and operating a pirate vessel.

The men were apprehended by the Royal Netherlands Navy frigate, Van Amstel, on May 11, 2012.

EU Navfor said the warship’s Lynx helicopter sighted a suspicious dhow towing two skiffs, 400 miles off the Somali coast and raised the alarm.

When the warship’s boarding team approached the dhow, the Dutch Navy crew found 11 suspected pirates of Somali origin and 17 Iranian hostages on board.

After transferring the suspected pirates to Van Amstel, EU Navfor said the Dutch boarding team found significant evidence that linked the 11 men to an armed attack on crude oil tanker Super Lady a few days earlier.

Before the latest convictions, EU Navfor statistics show that since 2009, 100 pirates have been convicted and a further 49 have been remanded.



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