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Somali pirates arrested by Indian Navy to be charged in India

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The Indian Navy has handed over at least 35 Somali pirates, apprehended off the coast of Somalia to the Mumbai police for prosecution.

The pirates were arrested on-board a hijacked Malta-flagged cargo ship MV Ruen, which was used as a mother ship for launching further attacks. The Indian Navy in collaboration with the UK Maritime Trade Operations tracked and intercepted the pirate vessel, formerly known as MV Ruen.

Following their capture, the suspected pirates now face legal proceedings under India’s 2022 Maritime Anti-Piracy Act.

Although the Puntland regional government has expressed interest in deporting the captured pirates for local prosecution, it does not appear that this will be likely now that the Somali suspects have been transported to India for prosecution.

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