23 Jan '11, 8am

Will the Somali pirates be tried in Korea?

Will the Somali pirates be tried in Korea?

SEOUL: Five Somali pirates captured by the South Korean navy during a mission to rescue a hijacked ship may be taken to South Korea for a trial there, a report said Sunday. Seoul has started legal reviews to try the five Somalis as African countries refuse to try them in their own courts, Yonhap news agency reported, citing an unnamed senior official. "Our stance is taking a strong legal action in any forms considering the significance of the issue... we have no legal problems punishing them based on international maritime laws," said the official quoted by Yonhap. South Korean navy commandos on Friday stormed the Samho Jewelry, a 11,500-ton freighter hijacked on January 15 in the Arabian Sea, and rescued all 21 crew members -- eight South Koreans, two Indonesians and 11 from Myanmar. Eight pirates were killed and five seized. Neighbouring African countries such as Kenya h...

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