Sunday 01 August 2021

Somali pirates who request asylum should stay in jail: minister

Convicted Somali pirates, who are serving their sentences in Dutch jails, should no longer qualify for early release if they request asylum, says junior justice minister Fred Teeven.

At the moment, the pirates are released after serving two-thirds of their sentence with good behaviour, as is standard in the Netherlands.

However, Teeven is planning to change the law on this point as soon as possible, he told parliament on Monday.

In total, 25 Somali nationals have been found guilty of piracy in the Netherlands and Teeven says he has reached agreement with the Somali authorities on their deportation.

Last month it emerged that three out of a group of nine Somali pirates jailed for 4.5 years in 2011, have applied for asylum in the Netherlands after being released from jail.

Thank you for donating to DutchNews.nl

The DutchNews.nl team would like to thank all the generous readers who have made a donation in recent weeks. Your financial support has helped us to expand our coverage of the coronavirus crisis into the evenings and weekends and make sure you are kept up to date with the latest developments.

DutchNews.nl has been free for 14 years, but without the financial backing of our readers, we would not be able to provide you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch. Your contributions make this possible.

If you have not yet made a donation, but would like to, you can do so via Ideal, credit card or Paypal.