Somalian pirates flown to Netherlands
Five suspected pirates will be flown to the Netherlands on Sunday. The five are accused of involvement in the hijacking of the South African yacht Choizil and the abduction of two South African citizens on 7 November. The five Somalians were among a group of 20 pirates intercepted by HNLMS Amsterdam off the Somalian coast.
The Choizil was hijacked off the Tanzanian coast. Units from the EU Atalanta anti-piracy mission relieved the yacht. The Amsterdam transferred the skipper to the South African authorities. A series of interviews yielded much information about the group of pirates responsible for the hijacking and eventually led to their arrests.
Dutch military police conducted further interviews aboard HNLMS Amsterdam. On the basis of these interviews, the Public Prosecutors Office has decided to release 15 of the pirates and have the other five flown to the Netherlands to be put on trial.
HNLMS Amsterdam will remain active in the anti-piracy mission Ocean Shield for a few more days before setting course for the naval port of Den Helder, where it is expected to dock on the 23 December.
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