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...]

Somali Pirates Fight Over Ransom After Release of Journalist

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By Feisal Omar MOGADISHU, Sept 25 (Reuters) - Six people were killed in central Somalia in a gunfight over a supposed ransom payment tied to the release this week of a German-U.S. journalist held hostage in Somalia for more than two years, police said on Thursday. The journalist, Michael Scott Moore, 45, was kidnapped by armed militia in the city of Galkayo in January … [Read more...]

Suspicious Approaches Put Red Sea on Heightened Piracy Alert

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Ships in the Red Sea and areas of the Gulf of Aden are on high alert for pirate activity following suspicious approaches this week on two tankers in three days. The first incident came on March 23 when an unnammed chemical tanker was approached at high speed by five skiffs carrying three people each while underway in the Red Sea in position 13° 18'N, 042° 52'E. According to … [Read more...]

WATCH: MV Albedo Captain Discusses 2010 Hijacking

MV Albedo after sinking off coast of Somalia. Photo: EUNAVFOR

Here's an interview from The Seamen's Church Institute with the captain of the MV Albedo which was hijacked by Somali pirates in November 2010. In the interview, Captain Jawaid Khan discusses the hijacking and the horrendous conditions he and his crew were subjected to in the hands of Somali pirates. The Malaysian-flagged Albedo was hijacked with 23 crewmembers early on … [Read more...]