7 captured Somalian pirates brought to Malaysia

20:58, January 31, 2011      

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The seven Somalian pirates captured by the Malaysian navy on Jan. 21 were brought to Malaysia Monday, and will likely be tried in the country.

A Malaysian merchant ship with 23 crew members on board was attacked by a group of armed Somalian pirates on Jan. 21 midnight when passing through the Gulf of Aden.

The Malaysian navy auxiliary ship immediately fought against the pirates after being alerted about the attack by the crew members, who had hidden in a well secured room.

While all crew members and the navy did not sustain any injury, three pirates were hurt by gunshots. It was believed that there were as many as 18 pirates trying to hijack the merchant ship.

The Malaysian police did not reveal any information about the arrest, but it was later learnt that the pirates, who were later transferred to another detention center at the Malaysian police headquarters, would be remanded for seven days.

The Malaysian navy has been tasked to protect the country's merchant ships going through the notorious Gulf of Aden after two of the country's ships were seized by the pirates in 2008.

This made Malaysia the first Asian country assigning the navy to protect its ships.

A military observer told Xinhua that the Malaysian navy had claimed that they would deploy whatever feasible actions to rescue the attacked ship and the crew members on board.

This indicated that the navy had not ruled out the possibility of resorting to the use of armed forces, added the observer.

Meanwhile, Acryl Sani, deputy director of the Malaysian Criminal Investigation Department, said in Kuala Lumpur on Monday that the police would gather the information so that the attorney- general could decide on the next course of action.

"Our stand is that we are proceeding with our investigation to gather all evidence as much as possible, and paper will be submitted to the attorney-general at the soonest possible for his perusal as to whether to charge (the pirates) or otherwise," he said.

Malaysian Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister A. Kohilan Pillay told the Malaysian public to be patient while the attorney-general 's chambers were looking into the matter and preparing a report on it.

Source: Xinhua
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