Dutch join Germans to tackle piracy

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The Netherlands and Germany are to join forces to tackle Somali piracy. The national Public Prosecution Office has announced the two countries have formed a so-called Joint Investigation Team JIT. The team will focus on investigating criminal organisations, financers and negotiators involved in piracy.

The Joint Investigation Team will include Dutch military police and investigators, as well as the German state investigation bureau of Lower Saxony, Berlin’s federal police, Eurojust and Europol.

Both countries are involved in the trails of a dozen piracy cases against Somali suspects. It has emerged that there are connections between some of the cases. Investigators have discovered that the same organisations and negotiators are behind the piracy.

The Gulf of Aden off the Somali coast and parts of the Indian Ocean are notorious for Somali pirates who regularly hijack ships and their crews demanding millions of euros in ransoms.

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