Posted by: africanpressorganization | 26 July 2010

Seychelles / Piracy convictions




Seychelles / Piracy convictions



VICTORIA, Mahé, July 26, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Supreme Court today convicted and sentenced 11 accused Somalis pirates.   8 accused were convicted for the offence of committing an act of piracy and 3 others for aiding and abetting an act of piracy. 


The offences took place in the Seychelles EEZ on the 5th to 6th of December 2009 whereas TOPAZ was attacked  with automatic weapons by the pirates in two different skiffs.  The aiders and abettors were found in a mother skiff not very far from the attack.  Evidence has revealed that the mother skiff had provided ammunitions and firearms to the two attack skiffs before they effected the attack.


The convicts days spent on remand are to be subtracted on the totality of the sentence and the juvenile offenders have been ordered to be detained separately from the adult convicts.


Their conviction is a historical milestone as it is the first time that a piracy trial is successfully prosecuted in the Seychelles.


Moreover these convicts will assist in the building of confidence of the countries and institutions supporting Seychelles in effort in the region and in extenso it will serve as a deterrent from prospective Somali pirates who would otherwise have thought that the would have come into  Seychelles waters with impunity.


There are 38 other suspected and accused Somali pirates who are still awaiting  trial in Seychelles or transfer from the Republic of Seychelles to Somalia.


Seychelles – Office of the President


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