In a smaller boat with an outboard engine and the necessary food and fuel, three suspected pirates were released on Thursday and sent away from the Danish frigate ‘Esbern Snare’ at Guinea Bay.
It happened after they had been detained on the frigate for over a month.
This is what flotilla Admiral Carsten Fjord-Larsen, who is deputy commander of the Navy Command, says.
“When the administrative and practical work was completed on board the ‘Esbern Snare’, the suspected pirates were put in a smaller boat with an outboard motor.”
“And then, under ‘Esbern Snare’s observation, it was ensured that they came in to the shore,” he says, adding that’ they put them off where they found them ‘.
Detained after an exchange of fire in the Gulf of Guinea
The three suspected pirates had been detained on the Danish frigate at Guinea Bay since an exchange of fire on 24 November last year.
Along with a fourth suspected pirate, they were initially charged with attempted manslaughter for having shot at the crew.
On Thursday, the Ministry of Justice announced that three of them had to be released because it was not possible to make an agreement to extradite and prosecute them in one of the surrounding countries.
Therefore, they were set free off the Niger Delta off Nigerian territorial waters, from where they could sail in to the Nigerian coast.
Meanwhile, the fourth person injured was brought to justice in Denmark.
Carsten Fjord-Larsen says that it was good weather when the suspected pirates were sent away.
The boat and engine were just big enough to carry the suspected pirates three to four nautical miles inland. But not big enough to be used by pirates.
During the trip to the coast of Nigeria, which according to Carsten Fjord-Larsen’s assessment has probably taken an hour and a half, the crew of ‘Esbern Snare’ kept an eye on the boat.
And together with the frigate’s Seahawk helicopter, they were able to make sure that the three reached land safely. It happened using camera and radar.
“Just as ‘Esbern Snare’ has been incredibly professional in dealing with detainees on board, so ‘Esbern Snare’ is very focused on the safe and secure conditions of sending suspected pirates back to freedom.”
‘That is, it is a seaworthy vessel. That they can handle the vessel. That they know where they can sail to and that you can keep an eye on them.
»And of course we are sure that they have enough petrol to be able to get in plus a little more. And of course you also have food and water with you and the necessary, very basic things to be able to sail the vessel in the right direction, “he says.
Source: Politiken.dk – Forsiden by politiken.dk.
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