Somali pirates freed from Denmark find themselves behind bars in the Seychelles

Somali pirates freed from Denmark find themselves behind bars in the Seychelles

Copenhagen: Nine pirates, first tried and freed in Denmark, have been jailed in the Seychelles for 14 years.

In 2013, Denmark failed in an effort to prosecute nine pirates after they had tried to hijack the Danish ship Torm Kansas in the Indian Ocean. The pirates also got $20,000 in compensation.

The same pirates have now been sentenced to 14 years in prison in the Seychelles, reports Danish news agency, Ritzau.

Eight of the Somali pirates were given a sentence of 14 years while the youngest – who was under the age of 18 at the time of the attack – received a sentence of three years.

“It is important for seafarers that this has happened, they often suffer from mental scars after an attack,” Torm’s technical director, Jesper Jensen told Ritzau.

This is the first time that pirates behind attacks on Danish ships have been jailed.

 

Hans Thaulow

Hans Henrik Thaulow is an Oslo-based journalist who has been covering the shipping industry for the last 15 years. As well as some work for the Informa Group, Hans was the China correspondent for TradeWinds. He also contributes to Maritime CEO magazine. Hans’ shipping background extends to working as a shipbroker trainee with Simpson, Spence & Young in Hong Kong.

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