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Dutch courts to try pirates now held in Denmark

Dutch courts to try pirates now held in Denmark

The Dutch government will prosecute five suspected pirates captured off the coast of Somalia after reaching an extradition agreement, a spokesman said Thursday.
The Danish navy captured the men in the Gulf of Aden on Jan. 2 after receiving a distress call from a Netherlands Antilles-registered freighter, which fended off the pirates with signal flares until a Danish ship arrived and sank the attacking vessel.
The ministers of justice of Denmark and the Netherlands agreed on the extradition during a brief meeting outside an informal gathering of European justice ministers in Prague, Czech Republic, said Dutch spokesman Wim van der Weegen.
The Dutch prosecutor's office was drawing up charges, but the suspects likely will be tried for piracy under international law, he said. It was unclear when the suspects would be handed over.
On Tuesday, the Russian navy came to the rescue of a Dutch container ship off the Somali coast. The pirates chased the Dutch vessel for about 30 minutes but aborted their attempt to board it after a Russian warship and helicopter arrived at the scene, said Noel Choong, head of the International Maritime Bureau's piracy reporting center in Malaysia.
The Dutch navy is due to send its own frigate with a crew of 170 to the Gulf of Aden in March to protect shipments of food and other humanitarian aid to Somalia.


Updated : 2021-04-14 19:42 GMT+08:00