Somali govt asks India to hand over pirates

The Somali government has asked India to hand over the 43 pirates, arrested off the coast of Lakshadweep during two separate operations recently, so that they can be put on trial in their country, police said.

Last Updated: Feb 18, 2011, 20:17 PM IST

Mumbai: The Somali government has asked
India to hand over the 43 pirates, arrested off the coast of
Lakshadweep during two separate operations recently, so that
they can be put on trial in their country, police said.

In a response to the request by the police to arrange
an interpreter for interrogation of the alleged pirates, the
Somalian embassy has written a letter to Indian authorities,
asking to hand over the accused, said Quaiser Khalid, Deputy
Police Commissioner (Port Zone).

"We already have two translators here to help us with the
investigation. But to be on a safer side, we also requested
the Somali embassy to arrange a translator. However, yesterday
we received a letter in which the embassy requested us to hand
over the accused, so that they could be tried there
(Somalia)," Khalid said.

"Earlier also pirates had been arrested and tried in
Indian courts. Handing them over is not possible," Khalid
added.

In two separate operations undertaken on January 29
and February 6, the Navy and Coast Guard caught 43 Somalian
pirates off the coast of Lakshadweep, who were later taken
into custody by city`s Yellow Gate police station.

Police today conducted identification parade of the
accused.

The investigation is in progress and police would file
the chargesheet within the stipulated period, Khalid said.

PTI