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Pirates: Kenya

Volume 715: debated on Wednesday 2 December 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make regular reports on the progress of prosecutions in Kenya of pirates transferred there from United Kingdom jurisdiction for trial. [HL80]

The UK has continued to monitor the progress of criminal justice proceedings in Kenya relating to the eight pirates captured by HMS “Cumberland” in November 2008. The office of the Kenyan Director of Public Prosecutions has recently informed UK representatives in Nairobi that their prosecution case is drawing to a close, and the eight defendants will then have the opportunity of presenting their defence case to the single charge against them relating to their alleged piratical attack on the merchant ship MV “Powerful”.