Somaliland: Justice Ministry Announces The Release Of 7 Convicted Pirates On Parole

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In his statement, Hon Adarre said that his government sees no way to keeping the pirates in the prison hence releasing them since they are eligible for parole.

 By Gulaid Dalha

Somali Commentator  – The Minister of Justice of Somaliland Hon. Adarre on Sunday confirmed the release of  Somali pirates after serving 7 years in Hargeisa Prison. The pirates were first arrested in Seychelles but after in-depth discussions between Somaliland and the government of Seychelles the prisoners were allowed to serve their sentence in Hargeisa.

The released pirates were hailing from Somalia and Puntland.  In his statement, Hon Adarre said that his government sees no way to keeping the pirates in the prison hence releasing them since they are eligible for parole.

In his remarks, the minister also said that the pirates were taught many skills to pave them the way of getting a job. “They were taught Islamic teachings and were delivered vocational training,” said Adarre.

Somali pirates have always claimed that vessels with growing harassment illegally fish in their seas. They also state that have been wary of the government.

Many pirates have quitted their piracy after seeing their colleagues hijacking vessels off Somalia seas making them viable for ransom.

According to data from International Maritime Bureau, Somali pirates launched over 230 attacks off the coast of Somalia in 2011.

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