The United States welcomed Wednesday the recent conviction in Seychelles of 15 pirates.
The sentencing, which happened on Monday, was in connection to an attack on a merchant ship and the abduction of 13 Iranian fishermen who were rescued by the U.S. Navy.
This sentencing brings the total number of convicted pirates to 631 – 98 in Seychelles alone – with 440 other suspected pirates facing justice in 21 countries, including the United States, the US State Department said.
“We appreciate Seychelles’ regional leadership on counter-piracy, as seen in their willingness to prosecute and incarcerate Somali pirates, as well as their hosting of a regional intelligence coordination center to support future piracy prosecutions,” said Victoria Nuland, State Department spokesperson in a statement.
According to Nuland, “The sentencing marks a positive step forward for building a strong and unified international response against piracy originating from Somalia and for promoting freedom of navigation worldwide.”