WRAP Pirate suspects arrive in Mombasa; police, EU legal adviser, navy captain

(22 Apr 2009) SHOTLIST
1. French navy ship, the Nivose docked in Mombasa port
2. Mid of ship’s stern with French flag
3. Various of suspected pirates walking down gangplank of ship and climbing into back of police van
4. Mid shot of boats that suspected pirates allegedly used on deck of Nivose
5. SOUNDBITE: (English) Jean Marc LeQuilliec, Nivose’s Captain:
“They sent two skiffs, two skiffs tried to escape as soon as they saw us in the morning, we were about 300 nautical miles from them. At the same time I had two boats ready to board them and I had the helicopter in flight so at the same time they received two boats on each side and the helicopter just on top of them so they didn’t want to resist and they immediately put their hands on their heads.”
6. Kenyan Criminal Investigation Department officials and French navy officials verifying weapons allegedly confiscated from pirates displayed on deck
7. Close up of weapons including AK47 automatic guns
8. Mid of officials
9. SOUNDBITE: (English) Fampscn Wonboru, Kenyan Criminal Investigation Department officer:
“If they are found guilty they will be jailed, if they are not they will be acquitted.”
(Q. Take them back to Somalia, what happens?)
“Yes, deported back to where they came from.”
10. Motor boat allegedly belonging to the suspected pirates, on deck of French ship
11. SOUNDBITE: (English) Antti Lehmusjarvi, European Union Legal advisor:
“The prosecutor yesterday, and he was quite happy with the amount of evidence and technical support we were provided in the last two cases. Of course the prosecutor will start now with these pirates, which were now handed over from this ship. But, as I said, we are not aware of any particular problems. Of course there is an independent legal procedure in Kenya and we will wait what the Kenyan court will decide.”
12. Wide of police vehicles with suspected pirates driving out of port
French commandos in the Kenyan port of Mombasa marched a band of suspected pirates down the gangplank of a French naval frigate on Wednesday, before turning the 11 Somali men over to Kenyan authorities.
French officials say the suspects will be tried for their alleged attack on the Liberian cargo ship Safmarine Asia
last week.
The three French commandos, who may have been part of the pre-dawn raid that captured the pirates on April 14, wore black balaclavas to conceal their identities.
The pirates, who did not smile or speak to gathered reporters as they left the Nivose, appeared to range from in age from about 20 to 40. Few wore shoes. They were not handcuffed or shackled.
The men were rushed from the ship into a waiting Kenyan police van.
Kenyan officials received the men and took the pirates’ equipment: two skiffs, three grappling hooks, four rusty
assault rifles, two bags of bullets and a ladder.
The Nivose is serving in the international fleet trying to protect the 20,000 ships that pass through the vital Gulf
of Aden trade route every year.
The ship pulled into dock at 9 a.m. (0600 GMT) and anchored next to the German frigate Rheinland-Pfalz, which earlier this month handed over to Kenya seven men they captured after they attacked a German naval supply ship off the Somali coast.
The captain of the Nivose, Jean Marc LeQuilliec, said sailors pursued the pirates in a dramatic night time chase
and caught them in the early raid.
“They received two boats on each side and the helicopter just on top of them so they didn’t want to resist,” he said.
France has traditionally been aggressive in fighting piracy.
Antti Lehmusjarvi, the legal adviser to the EU’s anti-piracy force, said he thought the trials would go smoothly.
including one on Monday when pirates fired rockets at a Maltese-flagged ship off Yemen’s coast.

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