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Puntland accuses Somalia Govt of blocking transfer of pirates ‘convicted in Iran’


GAROWE, Somalia, September 7, 2015 (Garowe Online)-Puntland Counter-Piracy Director Abdirizak Mohamed Dirir (Du’aysane) has accused Somalia’s Federal Government of blocking piracy-transfer efforts, Garowe Online reports.

In an interview with Puntland-based independent station, Radio Garowe, Dirir said Mogadishu-based federal government prevented the transfer of additional 32 inmates convicted of high seas crimes in Iran.

He said, he has long worked on a plan that would have seen Somali pirates transferred over to Danish-funded prison facility in the state capital of Garowe.

Somali authorities have not responded to a plea by Iran which seeks that the pirates be extradited to complete their prison sentences in Somalia.

Puntland previously received close to a hundred convicted pirates from the African Island, Seychelles.

The piracy transfer plan is said to be waiting for parliamentary approval.

The northeastern state which was once a hotbed is boasting that it will be capable of securing key maritime routes if NATO counter-piracy operations off Somalia coast end. 


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