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Somalia: Piracy

Defence written question – answered on 11th June 2009.

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Photo of William Hague William Hague Shadow Secretary of State (Foreign Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 28 April 2009, Official Report, column 1159W, on Somalia: piracy, what records the Royal Navy keeps of the (a) identity and (b) activities of piracy suspects captured by its forces; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Bill Rammell Bill Rammell Minister of State (Armed Forces), Ministry of Defence

When suspected pirates are encountered, Royal Navy personnel will collect evidence and take witness statements, as the police would during a criminal investigation. This information is then used to assess whether the evidence against the pirates is sufficiently strong to merit transfer to a third party state for the purpose of further investigation and, if appropriate, prosecution. If such a transfer is made, the evidence is passed to the authorities of the receiving state.

The Royal Navy keeps a record of those suspected pirates detained and transferred to the Kenyan authorities.

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