24 pirates sentenced to long prison terms in Kenya

More than two years ago the Danish naval vessel Esbern Snare captured 24 pirates off the coast of Somalia. Now they have all been sentenced to seven years in prison at a court in Kenya.

24 pirates were sentenced to long prison terms at a court in Kenya on January 23rd 2014 for the hijacking of the ship F/V Ariya. The pirates, all of whom were sentenced to seven years in prison, were delivered to the Kenyan authorities on June 19th 2011 by the Danish naval vessel Esbern Snare, which was operating under NATO's anti-piracy effort Ocean Shield, says the Danish Admiral Fleet in a statement on its website.

"This verdict is of great importance for the anti-piracy effort in general and for the sense of justice in particular - not least for the seafarers that are at risk of being taken hostage by the pirates when sailing in pirate-infested waters. I am very pleased that the Danish soldiers' thorough preparations, including the gathering of evidence, has resulted in Kenya sentencing the pirates," said Danish Minister for Defense, Nicolai Wammen (Social Democrats).

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