HARGEISA(Somalilandpress)-Somaliland authorities have taken into custody nine convicted privates from the Seychelles. The plane carrying the convict pirates touched down at the Egal International Airport at midday Wednesday and were immediately escorted to Hargeisa’s central prison which will be home to the pirates.

Mr Mohamed Osman coordinator with Somaliland anti-piracy task force was at the airport to receive the first batch of the 19 convicted pirates at the Egal international airport where they arrived on board chartered plane by the United Nation’s office on drug and crime.

The Somaliland Minister of Justice Hon Ahmed Hussein Aidiid revealed at a press conference that government of Somaliland has in custody nine convicted pirates the first batch of 19 pirates who are expected to serve the reminder of their sentences in Somaliland after been convicted by court in the Seychelles. The Minister of Justice was there to oversee the transfer according to Mr Mohamed Osman of the Somaliland anti-piracy task force, the nine convicted pirates are all from Somali, the convict are expected to serve sentences ranging from 10 years to 25 years.

It was during the London Conference on Somalia that Somaliland Ahmed Mohamed Silanyo signed an agreement with Seychelles President James Michel the transfers of convicted Somali pirates held in Seychelles to Somaliland so that they can serve the reminder of their sentences. The two leaders back their then signed joint statement to recognize their concern about the serious impact piracy has on the region and on international security and agreed that it is vital to ensure pirates are brought to justice.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012