16 April 2009

Incident: German lawyers deploy to defend pirates

German lawyers are organizing a pro bono defense of Somali pirates in a Kenyan trial of men accused of attacking the MV Courier. (Christian Science Monitor, 04/15/09)

"The case is being observed in Berlin with a mixture of curiosity, suspicion and concern. If the trial falls apart or is not conducted in accordance with the rule of law, the authority of the German military's mission under the auspices of Europe's 'Operation Atalanta' could be jeopardized." (Spiegel, 04/01/09)

One of the pirates standing trial is suing the German government. (Deutsche Welle, 04/16/09)