Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the UN, United States

Eleven Somali suspects to be handed over to Seychelles

Eleven Somalis suspected of piracy being held on board HNLMS Van Amstel have been handed over to Seychelles. Last Friday the crew of the naval frigate boarded a suspicious dhow (Arab sailing vessel) that was towing two skiffs off the coast of Somalia. The 17 captured crew members have been freed, and the 11 Somalis, along with a cache of confiscated weapons, were taken aboard the Van Amstel.

Eleven Somalis suspected of piracy being held on board HNLMS Van Amstel have been handed over to Seychelles. Last Friday the crew of the naval frigate boarded a suspicious dhow (Arab sailing vessel) that was towing two skiffs off the coast of Somalia. The 17 captured crew members have been freed, and the 11 Somalis, along with a cache of confiscated weapons, were taken aboard the Van Amstel.

The Netherlands welcomes Seychelles’ decision to prosecute the 11 arrestees, thereby ensuring that the trial takes place in the region. The transfer of the Somalis to the Seychelles authorities will take place as soon as possible.

HNLMS Van Amstel, which has a crew of 165 under Commander Hans Veerbeek, is taking part in Operation Atlanta, an EU mission to combat piracy off the coast of Somalia.