Seychelles Authorities Repatriates Five Somali Nationals

Seychelles authorities on Monday 13/3/2017 repatriated five Somali national over conviction of piracy offences.

According to the Ministry of Home Affairs in coordination with the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the five Somalis were repatriated early Monday morning on board a chartered aircraft of the Island Development Company (IDC).

The transfer of Somali nationals from Seychelles back to Somalia was and supervised by UNODC.

The Somalis were convicted in June, 2016 to 12 years in jail by Seychelles Supreme Court. They were found guilty of piracy offences and accused of attacking a dhow as well as holding Indian crew hostages.

However, the Somalis successfully appealed their cases in December 2016 were declared free of the charge of piracy offences by the Seychelles Court of Appeal. The court had ruled that there was not enough evidence to maintain the conviction of the five Somalis.

15 Somali nationals remain at Seychelles Montagne Possee main detection facility on sentences of piracy acts.

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