Somali pirates case to be heard tomorrow

Rebecca Samervel

MUMBAI: A sessions court on Thursday heard theSomali pirates case. The trial in the fourth case will be continued tomorrow. 

The 120 pirates were nabbed in four operations that were carried out by the Indian Coast Guardand the Indian Navy off Lakshadweep in 2011.

The Coast Guard and the navy later handed over the pirates to the Yellow Gate police to carry out the inquiry. The pirates have been booked on charges of attempt to murder. The first batch of 15 pirates was captured on January 28 in a 28-hour operation 300 nautical miles (570 km) off Lakshadweep Islands carried out by the Indian Navy and rescued 20 fishermen of Thai and Myanmarese nationalities.

On February 6, last year 28 more pirates were caught in a joint anti- piracy operation by the Coast Guard and Indian Navy and rescued 24¬†Thai fishermen. On March 12 two Indian Navy warships intercepted a pirate mothership, Vega 5, about 600 nautical miles off the country’s western coast captured Sixty-one pirates and 13 fishermen were rescued. On March 26 the piracy attempt on MV Maersk Kensington thwarted¬†west of Lakshadweep¬†was foiled and arrested 16 Somali pirates and rescued 16 hostages.


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