Special court puts pirates in the dock

New piracy court in Kenya takes on the villains of the high seas

A special court targeting modern-day pirates has opened its doors in Mombasa, Kenya.

Funded by international donors including the United Nations and the European Union, the court sits inside the newly-built Shimo la Tewa prison, which already holds 18 convicted pirates.

The court was built in response to complaints by the Kenyan Government that it was shouldering the cost of prosecuting pirates caught operating in the dangerous waters around the Gulf of Aden.

There are 100 suspects awaiting trial for piracy in Kenya with others held in France, Spain, Germany and the US.

There has been a surge in pirate attacks in recent months and warships from several world powers now patrol the Indian Ocean.

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