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Project ID:00086859Description:Piracy-B-052 Support Repatriat
Counter Piracy Trust Fund
Start Date *: 12 Jun 2013
Other Priority Areas
End Date*: 7 Jun 2014
Country: Maldives Project Status: Financially Closed
  Participating Organization:   UNODC - UN Office for Drug and Crime

Support to Repatriation Flight from Maldives to Puntland

UNODC has, since 2009, been supporting Eastern African states willing to take up the prosecution of piracy suspects. Programming to date has been directed, in varying degrees, to Kenya, Mauritius, Seychelles, Tanzania, Maldives, Comoros and Somalia in the police, prosecutors, courts and prison services. Within this programming, UNODC has facilitated and funded a number of repatriation flights from the Seychelles and Kenya to Somalia for piracy suspects who are acquitted or released for other reasons, such as insufficient evidence and age of the suspects.

The specific proposal to the Trust Fund seeks support for the repatriation of 40 piracy suspects apprehended by the Maldives Coastguard in four different incidents. The circumstances surrounding the interceptions (including the presence of alleged hostages) and the evidence consequently gathered suggest involvement in pirate activity. However, as Maldives has no law crimilalizing piracy, none of the apprehended suspects was prosecuted for piracy. They were, instead, charged with immigration offences and some of them have been detained in Maldives for over three years awaiting repatriation to Somalia.

UNODC was approached by the Maldives and Puntland authorities to facilitate the repatriation of these 40 individuals for humanitarian purposes and to alleviate the burden being placed on the Maldives prison system. The present proposal would support the requested repatriation through the procurement of a charter flight from Maldives to Puntland.

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If you have questions about this programme you may wish to contact the RC office in Maldives or the lead agency for the programme. The MPTF Office Portfolio Manager (or Country Director with Delegation of Authority) for this programme:

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