The German government lauded efforts by Kenya to fight piracy in the Indian Ocean.
The German ambassador to Kenya, Margit Hellwig-Boette said that Kenya has been at the forefront of international efforts and has shown leadership in the fight against piracy.
She said in a statement issued in Nairobi that Kenya was the first country in the region which – with due consideration of both its economic interests and its proximity to Somalia – that moved towards prosecuting presumed pirates in its national courts.
“The Seychelles, and after some hesitation, Tanzania, Mauritius and others are now following successively in introducing the necessary reforms with regard to police, judiciary and prisons,” the envoy said as she opened new courts to try pirates at the country’s second largest city, Mombasa.
She said the pirates are increasingly using the islands off the coast of Tanzania as area for retreat, and the first cases of piracy have reached the territorial waters of Madagascar.
She however said that the international community also shares in the burden of prosecution.
“The international community is engaged in a well coordinated effort to improve maritime security in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean as well as to repress acts of piracy at sea,” she added.