- The German Navy has handed over nine more suspected Somali pirates who were captured in Gulf of Aden to Kenyan police for trial. The nine were arrested last week when they tried to attack a merchant ship owned by a German company.
The hand over which brings the total number of suspects handed to Kenyan authorities to 24 comes just five days after seven other suspects were brought into the country by the United States navy.
Kenyan marine police commandant Stanley Lemai said the suspects were caught red handed by security agents patrolling the Indian Ocean, also saying they were in possession of heavy artillery including rocket propelled grenades.
Mr Lemai said the suspects will be taken to court immediately after interpreters are found, adding that the Germany's Foreign Ministry has agreed to file charges of attacking shipping traffic.
The nine who were arrested March 3 after they attacked the Hamburg-based MV Courier cargo ship. They were taken to Kenya under an agreement allowing European nations to bring suspected pirates to the East African nation for prosecution.
Mr Lemai said the suspects would probably appear in court either Tuesday or Wednesday after a charge sheet has been prepared. "The suspects cannot speak English and there are procedures to be followed as we carry out investigations," he added.
According to local news reports, there are already nine pirates serving a seven year sentence at the Shimo La Tewa prison but who have filed an appeal at the high court, while eight others arrested late last year are being tried for the crime at a Mombasa court.
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