Eighteen Somali men are facing piracy charges in a crowded Mombasa courthouse after being hauled ashore by European navies.
In one courtroom 11 shabbily dressed men made their first court appearance on Thursday after being captured and handed over by French commandos. Judge Catherine Mwangi adjourned the case until May 27 and ordered court officials to dress the suspects properly for their bail hearing.
In another courtroom seven suspected pirates seized by German forces earlier this month were awaiting their hearing. Kenya is prosecuting the suspected pirates under a deal with the European Union.
In November 2006 a Kenyan court convicted 10 Somali pirates captured by the US Navy and sentenced them to seven years.