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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.
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.