he release of a group of Somali pirates from Kenyan prisons has sparked concerns about where they are likely to go next.
Fourteen of the 164 Somali pirates currently serving time in Kenya prisons are to be released and repatriated next month.
They follow 64 others recently sent back to Somalia after completing their terms in Shimo la Tewa maximum security prison.
There are fears, however, that the released pirates might not go back to Somalia but may settle with other Somalis in Kenya instead.
Mombasa-based maritime consultant Mwinyi Jahazi told IHS Maritime that “releasing them with no clear rehabilitation plan raises concern. We are likely to see them going back to sea in the near future. Pirates find it hard to retire because of the debts they accrued.”