Somali Pirates Hijack Fishing Vessel Off Coast

File Photo: U.S. Navy

By Abdiqani Hassan BOSASSO, Somalia, Nov 23 (Reuters) - Somali pirates have hijacked an Iranian fishing vessel with 15 crew members, a Somali official and a maritime expert said on Monday amid warnings that piracy might be making a comeback in the Indian Ocean. Although there are still occasional cases of sea attacks, piracy near Somalia's coast had largely subsided in … [Read more...]

Illegal Fishing Off Somalia Could Spur Piracy Revival

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  By Ilya Gridneff (Bloomberg) -- Piracy that caused havoc to international shipping off Somalia’s coast over the past decade may return if illegal foreign fishing, worth an annual $306 million, continues at its current pace, according to a new report. Local Somali fishermen, who earn $58 million per year, are angry about fishing by vessels from nations including … [Read more...]

Lack of Evidence Frees Suspected Pirates in Seychelles

File photo: Suspected Somali pirates surrender to counter-piracy naval forces in the Gulf of Aden.

The small island nation of Seychelles has acquitted three previously convicted Somali pirates and has ordered their repatriation, marking the latest judiciary win for Somali pirates. The Seychelles Court of Appeal made the ruling December 12 that there was “insufficient evidence that proves that they were indeed pirates,” the Seychelles New Agency reports. The 3 men were … [Read more...]

Denmark to Pay Damages to Suspected Somali Pirates

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The ruling comes just one week after a judge with the European Court of Human Rights ordered France to pay similar damages to convicted and suspected Somali pirates over a 48 hour delay in being presented before a judge upon their arrival in France. COPENHAGEN, Dec 8 (Reuters) - Denmark has compensated nine Somalis suspected of trying to hijack a Danish ship in 2013 because … [Read more...]

Suspected Pirates Found Not Guilty in Mauritius

The suspected pirates arrive in Mauritius in January 2013. Photo: EU NAVFOR

Twelve Somali nationals have been acquitted of piracy charges in the Republic of Mauritius in the small island nation's first maritime piracy trial since agreeing with the EU to accept suspected pirates for prosecution. The twelve men, ages 20 to 45 according to the AFP, were accused of attacking the Panamanian-flagged containership 'MSC Jasmine' on January 5, 2013 in the … [Read more...]

Somali Pirates Free Seven Hostages More Than 4 Years After Hijacking

The crew of the MV Asphalt Venture following their release. Photo courtesy MPHRP

The remaining seven Indian crewmembers of the MV Asphalt Venture have been released by Somali pirates more than four years after the cargo ship was hijacked off the coast of Somalia. The Panama-flagged Asphalt Venture with 15 crewmembers was pirated on September 28, 2010, approximately 100 nautical miles South-East of Dar Es Salaam in the Somali Basin. The vessel along with … [Read more...]