In Togo, 9 pirates were reportedly sentenced to 12 to 20 years in prison. Thus, for the first time in Togo, piracy was tried and sentenced to prison.
In the case heard in Lome, the capital of Togo, the verdict was announced for the pirates (piracy) who tried to seize a ship in 2019 off the coast of Togo.
According to local media reports, 7 Nigerians and 1 Togolese accused of “piracy, willful violence and forming a criminal organization” were sentenced to 12 to 20 years in prison, while 1 Togolese was acquitted.
The fugitive Ghanaian pirate, who was tried in absentia in the same case and for whom an international search warrant was issued, was also sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Thus, for the first time in Togo, sea pirates were tried and sentenced to prison.
The ship G-DONA 1 was attacked by pirates in Togo waters on 11 May 2019, but the pirates were caught when the Togolese Navy reached the ship.
In the Gulf of Guinea, which stretches along a 5,700-kilometer coastline in West Africa, frequent attacks have been carried out by pirates from Nigeria in recent years.
According to the latest report from the International Maritime Bureau (BMI), 130 of the 135 piracy activities recorded worldwide in 2020 took place in this region.
In May, in Lagos, Nigeria, 100 companies operating in the international shipping industry signed a statement calling for the formation of a coalition against this problem in the Gulf of Guinea.
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