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Mauritius : Presumed Somali pirates deplores slow pace of their case

The legal prosecution brought to 12 Somalis pirates for "acts of piracy on high seas" under the law Piracy and Maritime Violence Act in force since 2011,  resumed on Friday in front of magistrate Azam Neerooa, in the absence of magistrate Wendy Rangan.

The magistrate said that ruling in regards to the use of videoconference for the hearings of  foreign witnesses, absent in court, has been postponed to Thursday 13 February. The hearings of three US Marines, witnesses in this case, could take place by videoconference in case the defence motion is rejected.

"We make an appeal to the nation and to the court that the case comes to an end very soon", said a presumed pirate through his interpreter. Another presumed pirate would like the three US Marines to be physically present in court instead of testifying through videoconference, as reported by Le Matinal newspaper.

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