Kenya ‘Will Try Somali Pirates’
16 Apr 09 | BBC
Eleven pirates were intercepted on Wednesday east of the Kenyan coast.
Eleven Somali pirates captured this week by a French warship are being taken to Kenya for trial, the French defence ministry has said.
The pirates will be tried under an agreement between the EU and Kenya, French officials said.
They were captured by a warship from an EU force deployed to tackle a recent surge in piracy.
Meanwhile, Somalia’s prime minister warned in a BBC interview that pirates could only be defeated on land.
They would always find ways of evading patrolling warships, he told the BBC’s Focus on Africa programme.
The French warship Nivose captured 11 pirates on Wednesday about 550 miles (900km) east of the Kenyan port of Mombasa.
On Thursday, a French defence ministry spokesman told AFP news agency that it was expected to arrive in Mombasa within four days. >>>