India: Captured Somali Pirates being Tried by Mumbai Court

by OldSailor on February 13, 2011


Prantaley_11_Somali_Pirates_INS_Tir In a joint operation (by Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard) on February 06, 2011, INS Tir and CGS Samar captured 28 Somali pirates from ‘Prantalay 11’, about 100 nautical miles off Kavaratti of Lakshadweep islands. The pirates and the skiff ‘Prantalay 11′ were brought to Mumbai by CGS Samar and handed over to Mumbai police (Yellow Gate Police Station, Port Zone, South Region) on February 10 for further legal action.

On February 11, the Somali pirates were produced in a local court in Mumbai. The legal proceedings are not going to be easy as the pirates do not understand English or any of the Indian languages.

India has now joined other countries like U.S, Russia, France, Germany, Netherlands, Malaysia, South Korea, Seychelles, Kenya, Tanzania, Mauritius, Yemen, Somalia, Spain to try pirates.

Most of the countries are not interested/finding it difficult to legally try captured pirates, for the following reasons:

  • absence of clear international laws.
  • wastage of time, money and other resources of the country.
  • legal actions on pirates are not going to reduce or stop sea piracy.

Here is the interesting part of UNODC’s (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime) new counter-piracy plan for Somalia (dated February 04, 2011).

The UNODC counter-piracy programme, established in 2009, has effectively supported efforts to detain and prosecute piracy suspects according to international legal standards and respect for human rights. The programme, funded largely by the European Union, focuses on three main objectives: fair and efficient trials and imprisonment in regional centres; humane and secure imprisonment in Somalia; and fair and efficient trials in Somalia.

UNODC is currently offering support to Kenya, Mauritius, Seychelles, Somalia and Tanzania. The Office manages the International Trust Fund of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia, which supports prosecution-related initiatives.

Read more from Indian Navy (as pdf) and Daily News & Analysis.

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