Suspected pirates released after attempts to prosecute failed

The FNS POHJANMAA boarding team detaining the suspected pirates

Thursday, the EU NAVFOR was forced to release 18 suspected pirates after requests to a number of states, who were considered to have an interest in the case, proved to be unsuccessful.  The States either decided not to prosecute or could not provide an intent to prosecute within the required timescale.

The suspected pirates were detained by the Finnish warship FNS Pohjanmaa after allegedly attacking the Singapore-flagged vessel M/V Pacific Opal on April 5, 2011.  They were returned to Somalia.