Somali pirates bring chaos to court
That’s a lot of pirates…
119 jailed Somali pirates bring chaos and drama to sessions court room
Mumbai: The city civil and sessions court at Kala Ghoda saw high drama and chaos with the transportation and production of 119 Somali nationals, accused in three piracy cases, from Taloja jail in Navi Mumbai to court room number 42. They were accompanied by 180 armed police personnel and escorted in 10 vans.
Brought into the inadequately sized courtroom in batches of 15 and 20, to mark their presence, many made loud and unruly demands to speak to the judge on issues ranging from their four-year, five-month incarceration, jail transfer, medical help and expediting trial. Speaking in Hindi and in tears, an accused told special public prosecutor Ranjeet Sangle, “Main samudri lootera nahin hoon. Main do saal se soya nahin hun aur maine apne maa, baap, bhai, behen se phone pe bhi baat nahin kiya hain. Bahut taqleef hoti hain saab.” Sangle accepted 30 written applications filed by several of the accused. He assured the accused that the trial would reach its logical end at the earliest.
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