Lawyers for Detained Pirates File Suit in Germany

by Kenneth Anderson

Der Spiegel reports from Germany (the article is detailed and worth reading in full):

In the latest dispute over the European Union’s anti-piracy mission off the coast of Somalia, lawyers representing two suspects being detained in Kenya have filed suits against the German government. They want Berlin to foot the bill for the suspects’ defense and ensure they are given a fair trial.

Two suspected pirates detained by German naval forces in a mission off the coast of Somalia on March 3, who were later turned over to Kenyan officials for prosecution, are now suing the government in Berlin for a fair trial.

Attorneys for the men filed a suit on Tuesday demanding that the German government pay for the men’s defense and provide support to a group of suspected pirates currently being held in the Shimo La Tewa prison in Mombasa.

http://opiniojuris.org/2009/04/15/lawyers-for-detained-pirates-file-suit-in-germany/

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