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Somalia: Piracy

Volume 486: debated on Monday 12 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence under what circumstances the cost of pirates arrested by British units off Somalia may be delivered to (a) countries where attached vessels are registered, (b) countries where capital punishment is possible, (c) the UK, (d) jurisdictions within the EU, (e) the UN and (f) a third party. (243699)

Every incident of piracy is different and the decision over the transfer of suspected pirates to a third party state, or to bring them back to the UK for prosecution, will always be considered on a case by case basis.

Nevertheless, the UK transfers to third party states in accordance with its international law obligations and will always seek assurances of fair treatment and international standards of human rights.

The UK recently set up an arrangement with the Kenyan government which allows the transfer of suspected pirates to Kenya for prosecution. This can be called upon when necessary.