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Part 2: Disposition of Piracy Cases: The Practice

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In order to identify human rights issue that may arise during disposition of piracy cases, two disposition schemes are presented. Denmark was one of the first countries to contribute to the international counter-piracy efforts. Danish frigates are therefore, until released or surrendered to a third State, under Danish authority and control. Denmark's substantive criminal law comprehensively criminalizes acts related to the criminal phenomena of piracy and armed robbery at sea. Generally, the investigation and prosecution of criminal cases is governed by the Danish Administration of Justice Act (retsplejelov), namely by its fourth book on the administration of criminal justice what is commonly known as criminal procedure. With regard to the investigation, it must be noted that in Denmark, the police and prosecution service are amalgamated in one body. Usually Denmark transfers suspects to Kenya and the Seychelles with whom it has concluded transfer agreements.

Keywords: international counter-piracy efforts; piracy cases; retsplejelov; Seychelles



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