Denmark to Pay Damages to Suspected Somali Pirates
(Reuters) – Denmark has compensated nine Somalis suspected of trying to hijack a Danish ship in 2013 because they were detained too long before being brought before a judge, the public prosecutor’s office said on Monday.
Each defendant received 19,600 Danish crowns ($3,247) for the 13 days they were detained, a spokesman from the prosecutor in Copenhagen said. Official Somali figures show 43 percent of the population lives on less than one dollar a day.
The nine Somalis were charged with piracy after an attempt to hijack the tanker vessel Torm Kansas, which had been chartered by shipping company Torm, in the western Indian Ocean on Nov 10, 2013.
Danish Navy support ship Esben Snarre seized the nine suspected pirates on the high seas after the unsuccessful hijacking and held them for 13 days before they were brought before a judge via a video link. He found them not guilty.
According to Danish law, a citizen cannot be held in custody for more than 24 hours without being brought before a judge. The compensation was unrelated to the suspects’ innocence.
Enroute from Tuzla to Algier on Dec 8, 2014, the "Gold" suffered a cargo shift and a list of about 20 degrees to port side in the Gulf of Izmit. The tug "Kurtama 8" and the lifeboat "Kıyı Emniyeti 5" of the Turkish Coast Guard were directed to the ship. Seven crew members were taken off, three more, including the captain, remained aboard. After a salvage contract was signed, around 8 p.m. the ship was towed to Darıca by the "Kurtama 8" and berthed at the cement pier.
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The case of the "Santa Regina" ferry master acquitted after sailing Cook Strait with a gash in the ship's hull will not be reconsidered, the Court of Appeal has ruled. On Apr 26, 2011, John Alexander Henderson was in charge when the ferry was caught by a gust of wind while berthing in Wellington and hit a small unused vessel. The ship was inspected and a small gash found and repaired, But a 3.5-4 meter gash about six metres above the water line, which included a 1,85m length of plating opening up, was not noticed and the ship left on its next crossing to Picton. The second gash was found the next morning when the ship returned to Wellington.
Henderson was charged with doing an act that caused unnecessary danger or risk and pleaded not guilty. At his trial in Wellington District Court a judge discharged Henderson and found that there was no actual danger or risk to anyone.
The judge decided that what Henderson did was enough to show that the critical areas of the ship were adequately inspected. The Crown wanted to appeal against the decision to stop the trial but the judge refused to pose questions
of law for the Court of Appeal to answer. The Crown then went to the Court of Appeal directly to have questions of law considered. But in his decision the court has refused. The Court of Appeal said the Crown accepted that there had been in fact no actual risk to anyone from the gash. Carrying on the prosecution would serve no practical purpose, the court said. At worst any failure on Henderson's part following the collision will have been to not have carried out an adequate inspection of those parts of the ship where damage from an impact could not give rise to any danger. This was seen that as relatively unimportant and academic. Given it was accepted there was no danger to the public, and the relatively minor nature of any failure on Henderson's part - if it was proven - there was no public interest in answering the questions of law and, potentially, having Henderson face a retrial. It was not in the interests of the good administration of justice that such serious litigation should continue relating to such a minor alleged transgression.