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Mauritius: Somalian pirates currently being tried on the Island reported of having been ill-treated by French soldiers after their arrest

12 Somali pirates held in Mauritius and formally accused of piracy on the high seas under a law against piracy in force on the island since 2011, are considered last week.

Somalian pirates, aged between 22 and 45, were arrested on January 5, 2013, off the coast of Somalia, by the European Union Naval Force as they were about to attack a merchant ship.

French troops based in Djibouti were then conveyed to Mauritius where they are incarcerated since January 25, at the Beau-Bassin prison in the center of the island.
During interrogation in court on Friday, Somalian pirates said they had been starved and abused by the French military after their capture, as related by the newspaper Le Matinal.

In total, more than sixty Somali pirates are arrested in the wake of Operation Atalanta (2008) to fight against maritime piracy raging in the heart of the Indian Ocean, are currently in custody in Mauritius, waiting to be tried by a special tribunal, and, under an agreement signed in July 2011 between the Mauritian authorities and the European Union.

Fabrice François

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