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Four Somali pirates to face trial in Kenya

BUSINESS
By | February 19th 2012

By PHILIP MWAKIO

Four suspected Somali pirates arrested by Danish Naval Forces have landed in Mombasa after being flown in from the Seychelles.

The pirates who were to be charged in the island nation will now instead be charged in Kenya.

Seychelles refused to take the suspected Somali pirates detained by one of its warships in January highlighting the difficulty of putting pirates on trial.

"After the Seychelles turned down request to take the pirate and charged them, Kenya readily stepped in and offered to charge them," Thomas Konijsfeldt, Danish Government official said.

Two of the four Somali pirates flown to Kenya from Seychelles for trial. The four appear in court on Monday. [Photo:Kevin Odit/Standard]

He said the captured pirates were detained onboard one of Danish naval vessel, Absalon after their capture on January 7, 2012.

A chartered plane flew them from the Seychelles and landed at the Moi International on Saturday morning.

Denmark had sought to send them to Seychelles under a May 2011 agreement that was supposed to allow the Danish navy to hand over suspected pirates for prosecution in the Indian Ocean island country.

Currently there are close to 200 suspected pirates arrested off the Horn of Africa and are in Kenya jails serving sentences while others are still under trial.

In 2011, Denmark brought in 24 pirates for trial. The four who are in custody at Mombasa port police station would be taken to court on Monday February 20 for plea.

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