Somali prisoners repatriated to complete their sentences


04-December-2012

They were successfully repatriated to Somaliland and Puntland yesterday morning on two transfer flights.

An extensive prison capacity programme funded through the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) counter piracy programme has been progressing well in Somalia, allowing more prisoners to be flown out of Seychelles in the coming months.

The flight was undertaken by the Island Development Company (IDC) with members of the Seychelles Police Force providing security escort.

Home Affairs and Transport Minister Joel Morgan said the transfer of the nine Somali pirates back to prisons in Somalia is another step forward in Seychelles’ strategy aimed at ensuring that convicted pirates do not remain for long periods in Seychelles’ prisons but rather spend most of their incarceration time in Somali prisons. 

“I am pleased the operations went well and expect further transfers to take place in the mew year. I am grateful to everyone who made it a success, especially the Prison Service, the Police Force, the Attorney General’s Office, IDC and the UNODC,” said Minister Morgan.

There are currently 88 Somali prisoners left at the Montagne Posée prison.

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