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Pirates held by US Navy now in Kenyan custody

By | March 6th 2009

By Philip Mwakio and Adow Jubat

Seven Somali pirates the US Navy arrested in the Gulf of Aden have been handed over to Kenyan police.

The suspects were arrested in January as they attempted to forcefully board a merchant ship.

The seven, some looking frail, were brought to the well-secured Mombasa Port Police cells under heavy guard yesterday. They were aboard a US Navy guided cruiser.

Security was tight at berth number one where the ship, USS Leyte Gulf, had docked.

Kenyan Marine Police under Stanley Lamai sealed off the area.

to be charged

"Yes they are in police custody and will be taken to court and charged with piracy," said Mr Lamai.

They were later driven at high speed to the Port Police Station. Other suspected Somali pirates face similar charges in Mombasa courts.

Meanwhile, at least 14 people have died and more than 46 admitted to hospital after a cholera outbreak in Moyale District.

Three of the dead are Kenyans, while the other 11 are Ethiopians who had sought treatment in the district.

Confirming the incident, acting District Medical Officer of Health Abdullahi Jaldesa said the disease was first reported in a neighbouring country.

"The first case of the cholera incident was reported in Ethiopia’s border town of Bulata where already more than 11 people have died while more120 admitted in various hospitals in Ethiopia," he said.

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