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Somalia: Piracy

Volume 493: debated on Thursday 4 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 28 April 2009, Official Report, column 1159W, on Somalia: piracy, whether all of the 45 individuals captured by Royal Navy forces were Somali nationals; and if he will make a statement. (273046)

The eight suspected pirates who were detained on 11 November 2008 and were subsequently transferred to the Kenyan authorities were Somali nationals.

We believe that the remaining 37 suspects, who have been questioned but not detained by Royal Naval personnel, were also Somali nationals. However, we cannot be sure that they were all Somali nationals as we are almost wholly reliant on their own statements to determine their nationality.