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Mauritius: Mauritius and EU Sign Agreement for Investigation and Prosecution of Suspected Pirates
Source: SADC Contribution
Source Date: Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Focus: Institution and HR Management
Country: Mauritius
Created: Oct 23, 2012

The agreement sets out the conditions of transfer of suspected pirates and associated property seized from the EU-led naval force to Mauritius and the conditions of suspected pirates after transfer. Under this agreement, Mauritius will investigate and prosecute Somali citizens suspected of piracy. It covers the conditions under which suspected pirates are handed over, and treated after they are transferred. The agreement also ensures that suspects transferred are given the benefit of a fair trial, and treated in accordance with international human rights law standards whilst in prison.
In her address, Mrs. Fong Weng-Poorun said that Mauritius condemns piracy attacks and recalled the country’s active participation in several initiatives to combat maritime piracy in the region. She pointed out that the agreement makes provision for a new prison and a new court to be built for the detention and trial of suspected pirates. As regards the trial of suspected pirates, the Attorney General’s Office is working on a new legislation which will soon be introduced into the National Assembly, she added.
She recalled that Mauritius hosted the Second Regional Ministerial meeting in October last during which a Regional Strategy was adopted. The Strategy provides for a regional framework to prevent and combat piracy and promote maritime security and a rolling Plan of Action setting out short-term, medium-term and long-term measures.
For his part, the Ambassador of the EU, Mr. Mariani, said that piracy is an international scourge and a problem which should be mitigated and overcome. “The signature of today’s agreement is emblematic of the excellent relations between Mauritius and the EU. It also shows the common interest of our leaders to fight maritime piracy” he added.
The EU has agreed to provide financial support for the implementation of the Transfer Agreement. In this context, the EU will provide three million Euro to the Country Strategy Paper and the National Indicative Programme under the 10th European Development Fund. An additional sum of 1 080 000 Euro financed under the Instrument for Stability of the EU, will be made available to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes to implement the short-term assistance package worked out between the EU and Mauritius.
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