Kenya repatriates 62 Somali pirates

The Kenyan government on Wednesday claimed to have repatriated 62 Somali pirates who have finished their jail terms, as part of its Piracy Prisoner Transfer Programme.

The authorities say 164 pirates, who were captured over hijacking vessels at Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden since 2008, are still in prison.

“The government is working with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to facilitate the transfer of pirates who have completed their jail terms in the country,” Meshack Okiya, deputy chief at Shimo la Tewa Prison in Mombasa, told Xinhua.

Another 14 pirates will be handed over to the Somali Embassy in Nairobi after they completed their jail terms next week, Okiya said.

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