“We have no interest in getting the persons in question to Denmark,” Justice Minister Nick Haekkerup said, adding there was a “risk that they would not subsequently be deported.”
A fourth suspected pirate who was injured during a gunbattle with the Danish army is already in Denmark receiving medical care and will continue to face charges, he said.
Foreign citizens found guilty of crimes in Denmark are often deported after having served their time.
Haekkerup said he “had quite exceptionally ordered the prosecution to notify three of the four suspected pirates that charges against them would be dropped.”
Danish media said the men were put on a dinghy in international waters with enough fuel, water and food to reach land.
The fourth suspected pirate was flown to Denmark on January 6th, where he will face a custody hearing and “further prosecution against him continues.”
He was first admitted to a hospital in Ghana during a port call in December.
The Nov. 24. the incident involved the Danish frigate HDMS Esbern Snare, which was on an anti-piracy operation off West Africa.
It engaged in an exchange of fire with a vessel that was reported to have been approaching several commercial ships in the Gulf of Guinea off oil-rich Nigeria.
Following the gun battle, the vessel sank. Four of the suspected pirates were killed and one is missing, presumed drowned.
Later, because the ship is considered Danish territory, a Copenhagen court ordered the four held in custody while authorities investigate the case.
The Gulf of Guinea is one of the world’s most dangerous waterways with regular kidnappings. In 2019, the region accounted for more than 90% of global crew member abductions.
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