European Union Naval Forces (EUNAVFOR) reports today that eleven people of Somali origin have been convicted today of piracy by the Seychelles Supreme Court. Sentences ranged from 18 months to 16 years.
The pirates were operating from a fishing dhow towing two skiffs approximately 400 nautical miles off Somalia when they were apprehended by the Royal Netherlands Navy frigate, HNLMS Van Amstel, on 11 May 2012.
The boarding team from the Dutch frigate rescued a total of 17 hostages and found “significant evidence that linked the 11 men to an armed attack on M/T ‘Super Lady’ a few days earlier,” according to a statement by EUNAVFOR.
The 17 freed hostages were Iranian fishermen.