Kenya ready to prosecute Somali pirates: Belgium
Kenya is ready to prosecute a group of suspected Somali pirates picked up in its waters by a Belgian frigate, Belgium's Foreign Minister Steven Vanackere said on Thursday.
Kenyan authorities "have declared themselves ready to accept the pirates intercepted in Kenyan territory with a view to eventual prosecution," the minister was quoted as saying by Belga news agency.
Six suspected pirates will be transferred to Kenyan authorities, and a seventh will be tried in Belgium for alleged involvement in the hijacking of the Belgian vessel Pompei off Somalia in 2009, the report said.
A Belgian frigate, part of the international naval operating combatting piracy in the region, picked up the men on Monday.
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