The Somalia embassy — though had written to the Yellow Gate police asking them to hand over the 43 arrested pirates recently — is yet to visit and identify any of them as their citizens.
“We received a letter from the embassy stating that the pirates should be handed over to them as they intend to try them in Somalia. However, they haven’t come and identified any of them as Somali citizens,” said Quaiser Khalid, deputy commissioner of police (Port Zone).
According to the police, at the time of arrest, the pirates had no identity proof with them.
“We did not find any identity proof from the ship too. The fact that the embassy is asking us to hand over these pirates could imply that they are Somali nationals,” said an officer from Yellow Gate police station on condition of anonymity as he is not authorised to speak to the media.
On February 11, the magistrate court had directed the Yellow Gate police to ask the embassy to provide an official translator. In their letter, the embassy, however, stated that they did not have enough funds to send a translator.
“They said it would be more convenient if we just handed the pirates over to them,” said Khalid.