Kenyan court jails seven pirates for 2009 attempted hijack of Maltese ship
Friday, September 24, 2010
A court in Kenya has sentenced a group of seven Somali pirates to five years each in jail, according to a statement by the European Union. Anti-piracy mission EU Navfor said the were arrested by Spanish navy sailors after attacking Malta-registered cargo vessel Anny Petrakis.,
Presiding over the conviction and sentencing, Timothy Ole Tanchut told the men he "...[had] concrete proof that you attacked a vessel in the high seas and I order you to serve five years in prison," ruling that they will be deported to Somalia after serving their sentences. They have been in custody since May 7 last year when a Spanish crew captured them coming to the aid of the Anny Petrakis. The arrests followed warning shots fired by a naval helicopter.
This is the third pirate gang jailed in the last two years, bringing the total serving sentences in Kenya to around 15; around 100 suspects await trial in custody. Trials have been difficult to arrange owing to issues around finding locations; Kenya has international agreements with the EU, the United States and Denmark, as well as a separate treaty with EU-state the United Kingdom. These allow Kenya to try pirates like these ones handed over by Spain in exchange for support of the nation's judicial system. The United Nations , the European Union, Australia and Canada have all chipped in with donations to fund the court.
- "Somali pirates sentenced to five years in Kenya" — , September 24, 2010
- Sarah McGregor. "Kenya Convicts Seven Somali Pirates for Attempted Hijacking of Cargo Ship" — , September 24, 2010