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Pirates: Kenya

Volume 707: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government why they transferred the suspected pirates arrested by HMS “Cumberland” on 11 November 2008 into Kenyan jurisdiction rather than bringing them to trial within United Kingdom jurisdiction. [HL1041]

The suspected pirates detained by HMS “Cumberland” on 11 November 2008 were transferred to Kenyan jurisdiction as Kenya was the nearest country in the region possessing the requisite legal framework to prosecute them and which was willing to accept them. This enabled the prisoners to be transferred in good time to suitable detention facilities and for them to be seen in front of a judge in the shortest timescale possible. The Government consider it preferable for those accused of piracy to be prosecuted in the region in which they committed the offence.