[News] The six arrested pirates handed over to Seychelles Featured

The HQ ofOperation Eunavfor ATALANTA, located in La Rota, confirmed on Wednesday (May 15) the handover to Seychelles authorities of the six suspected pirates who carried out the attack on the Marshall Islands-flagged merchant ship, Chrystal Arctic, May 10 (read: [News] A pirate attack off the coast of Somalia fails. Pirates injured and arrested). Facts incriminated, documentedPrior to this, a commission composed of the Minister of Interior of Seychelles, a representative of the National Information Sharing Coordination Center and members of the Seychelles Police as well as three representatives of the United Nations Office against drugs and crime (UNODC), has risen aboard the Spanish frigate Canary Islands, for an information point. They have " were informed of the circumstances of the case » and the various facts collected by the European military on site. The six defendants are now in detention and awaiting trial. The embassy of the EU in Mauritius (which provides European representation in Seychelles) also contributed to coordination with the Seychelles authorities. An agreement concluded almost fifteen years agoThis discount is part of an agreement legal, still in force, concluded by the European Union, with the Seychelles, in 2009, which makes it possible to judge suspected pirates arrested by warships participating in the EUNAVFOR Atalanta operation (read: theprovisional transfer agreement). Regardless of the nationality of the ship. An act of deterrenceThis is one of the essential points of European action against pirates. The Europeans have in fact been keen, from the start, to equip themselves with an effective legal framework, making it possible not only to stop pirates, but also to be able to prosecute them, " in accordance with international law ". Then, sentence them to a detention sentence, graduated, according to their involvement in the act. Which undoubtedly contributed to the “ deterrence » acts of piracy. Seychelles, a voluntary countryIn total, between 2008 and 2012, more than 2000 suspects were arrested by the various forces present in the area (European, regional, other countries), according to our database. More than half (around 1000) were prosecuted, either in Somalia, in European or Western countries, or in partner countries (Seychelles, Mauritius, Kenya, Tanzania). The Seychelles were one of the most active third countries in this process, with Kenya, thus dealing with around a hundred pirates. In exchange, the small island in the Indian Ocean received significant European aid, particularly in financial terms, in order to enlarge and bring the local prison up to European standards. Source: bruxelles2