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Pirates: Kenya

Volume 715: debated on Wednesday 9 December 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government how many persons have been arrested by the Royal Navy on suspicion of piracy; how many have been released; and how many transferred to Kenyan jurisdiction for trial. [HL81]

To date, eight suspected Somali pirates have been detained by the Royal Navy and transferred to Kenya for prosecution. A further 53 suspected pirates have been encountered during boarding operations. However, following detailed analysis of all physical evidence and witness statements, all suspects were released as it was assessed that there was insufficient evidence to be reasonably confident that a successful prosecution could be undertaken in either Kenya or (more recently) Seychelles. The subsequent destruction of any pirate equipment and weapons serves as a disruption measure and prevents their future use.