24 February 2012

Ready to prosecute? Suspected pirates on trial in Hamburg.

The first “Piracy Trial” in Germany in 400 years is coming to an end after a year and a half. Since November 2010, ten Somali, of which three are under age, have been on trial in Hamburg. They are charged with having attacked the container vessel Taipan, owned by a German company.

The trial and the complicated circumstances are raising numerous judicial questions. After 77 days of trial, the verdict is expected in March. The prosecution is demanding sentences of between four and eleven and a half years.

Public meeting
Tuesday, 6 March 2012, 7pm
German Seaman's Mission, Krayenkamp 5
(near St Michaelis Church, metro station Stadthausbrücke)

Anita Friedetzky, trial observer
Jan Oltmanns, seaman's deacon
Reimer Dohrn, “No one is illegal” network
Said Ahmed H. Jama, Somali translator

Frank Engelbrecht, Pastor St Katharinen church

Zentrum für Mission und Ökumene – Nordkirche weltweit (bisher Nordelbisches Missionszentrum)
Brücke – Ökumenisches Forum HafenCity
Eine Welt Netzwerk Hamburg e.V.

Flyer- [pdf]: http://www.ewnw.de/sites/default/files/handzettel-piratenprozess-2012-web.pdf