09 May 2011

A note on the Court reports

We have learned that the brother of one of the accused in Somalia has been murdered. It appears that the reason was a statement that Dutch navy officer De Wind made in court, naming one of the accused. This was reported in the media and the information travelled quickly to Somalia where an armed gang set upon the family of the accused and kidnapped and murdered his brother. The rest of his family have now fled their home.

For this reason we have decided to sometimes only give short summaries of the court proceedings and not to name any of the accused or their lawyers.