Defense ministry: China hands over 3 suspected pirates to Somalia

Source
China Military
Editor
Yao Jianing
Time
2017-05-11

BEIJING, May 11, (ChinaMil) -- China handed over three suspected pirates captured in an rescue operation on a Tuvaluan cargo ship hijacked by pirates in the Gulf of Aden to the authorities in Somalia on May 5, local time, said the Information Bureau of China's Ministry of National Defense (MND) on Thursday.

China's MND Information Bureau was asked by the media on Thursday whether China had captured 3 suspected pirates when rescuing a Tuvaluan cargo ship hijacked by pirates in the Gulf of Aden on April 9 and handed over them recently to authorities in Somalia.

The guided-missile frigate Yulin of the 25th Chinese naval escort taskforce successfully rescued a Tuvaluan cargo ship hijacked by pirates in the Gulf of Aden and captured 3 suspected pirates on April 9, said the Information Bureau in a written statement on May 11.

According to the relevant international law and practice, China handed over the three suspected pirates to authorities in Somalia’s Puntland region after coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia and local government, said the Information Bureau, adding that the whole process went smoothly.

China's military will continue to send naval taskforces to perform escort missions on a regular basis and fulfill international responsibilities and obligations, so as to play a bigger role in maintaining regional peace and stability and ensuring the safety of important international channels, according to the Information Bureau.

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