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Africa: New Regional Anti-Piracy Agreement

(July 9, 2013) On June 25, 2013, in an effort to help prevent piracy and other illegal maritime actions in West and Central Africa, participants in the <?Summit of the Gulf of Guinea Heads of State and Government, held in Yaoundé, Cameroon, adopted the Yaoundé Declaration on the Gulf of Guinea Security. Two key resolutions […]

Kenya: Appellate Court Rules Kenyan Courts Do Have Jurisdiction over Offenses Committed on High Seas

(Oct. 25, 2012) On October 18, 2012, the Kenyan Court of Appeal ruled that Kenyan courts have jurisdiction over cases involving persons suspected of international piracy. The ruling overturns a 2010 decision that had determined Kenya lacks such jurisdiction. (Rebecca DiLeonardo, Kenya Appeals Court Allows Jurisdiction over International Piracy Cases, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Oct. 18, […]

Somalia: Puntland Establishes Piracy Courts and Prisons

(Apr. 20, 2011) On April 18, 2011, Reuters reported that Somalia's Puntland semi-autonomous regional state will soon put in place special prisons and courts to try pirates in the Indian Ocean region. (Martina Fuchs, Somali Enclave to Set Up Piracy Courts, Prisons, REUTERS (Apr. 18, 2011).) According to Saeed Mohamed Rage, Puntland's Minister of Marine […]

United Nations: Security Council Resolution Considers Specialized Courts to Combat Piracy in Somalia

(Apr. 18, 2011) On April 11, 2011, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), cognizant of the continuing incidents of armed robbery and other violence against ships off the coast of Somalia and of other states in that region, adopted Resolution 1976. This resolution was preceded by Resolution 1846 adopted in 2008 and two additional resolutions […]

Malaysia: Seven Alleged Pirates Charged with Firearms Offenses

(Feb. 16, 2011) On February 11, 2011, Malaysian prosecutors filed charges against seven Somali nationals who had been captured by Malaysian naval forces in the Gulf of Aden on January 20, 2011. (Seven Somalis Face Death Sentence Under Firearms Charge, BERNAMA (Feb. 11, 2011), The seven men and boys (three of the accused are 15 […]

Somalia: Special Courts and Anti-Piracy Law Proposed

(Jan. 27, 2011) On January 25, 2011, the United Nations special envoy on maritime piracy off the coast of Somalia put forward a proposal for the establishment of special courts to try piracy cases (Somalia: UN Envoy Proposes Special Courts to Try Suspected Pirates, UN NEWS SERVICE (Jan. 25, 2011), The proposal envisages the […]

Kenya: Alleged Somali Pirates Acquitted for Lack of Evidence

(Nov. 12, 2010) It was reported on November 5, 2010, that a Kenyan magistrate found not guilty 17 Somalis who had been accused of piracy in connection with an attack against the MV Amira, an Egyptian-flagged ship, in May 2009. The Mombasa court ruled that the prosecution had not proved its case beyond a reasonable […]

Kenya: Court Rules Kenya Lacks Jurisdiction over Offenses Committed on High Seas

(Nov. 12, 2010) On November 9, 2010, the Kenyan High Court, Mombasa Division, terminated for want of jurisdiction a lower court's criminal case against nine Somali citizens charged with piracy. The individuals allegedly attacked the MV Courier in the high seas of the Indian Ocean on March 3, 2009 (Eunice Machuhi, Court Deals Bow to […]

Italy: Fight Against Piracy

(Sept. 9, 2009) On July 22, 2009, the Italian Parliament converted Decree-Law No. 61 of June 15, 2009, into Law No. 100, approving urgent provisions on combating piracy. It came into force on the day after its publication in the official gazette. According to this law, appropriate measures will be taken when actions are perpetrated […]

United Nations: Anti-Piracy Agreement Signed

(Feb. 5, 2009) Nine countries in the Indian Ocean and Red Sea region have signed a Code of Conduct designed to increase cooperation against the piracy off the coast of Somalia. Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Maldives, Seychelles, Somalia, Tanzania, and Yemen have agreed to work together to seize, investigate, and prosecute pirates operating in the […]