Three suspected pirates were released at sea in a small boat after being imprisoned for six weeks on a Danish warship off the coast of West Africa. The Danish Armed Forces reported that they were unable to locate a country willing to detain the alleged pirates in the area. Instead, they were released near Nigerian seas, with enough food and fuel to make it to land. One of the suspects who was sent to Ghana has been deported to Denmark to face charges of attempted manslaughter. However, claims against the other three were dismissed, according to their lawyers. The arrested suspect’s lawyer, Birgitte Skjodt, criticized the decision to file charges against him. The decision was justified by Danish Justice Minister Nick Haekkerup, explaining that it would prevent other pirates from invading.

This is the first time a pirate suspect has been deported to Denmark. Following their supposed attack on a container ship, the alleged pirates were caught in November after a fatal shootout in the Gulf of Guinea. For years, the gulf has been recognized as a piracy hub due to its oil and gas ships. Political instability, a lack of law enforcement, and land poverty are all factors leading to the increase in piracy in the area. On the other hand, National authorities and international naval ships have expanded their efforts to strengthen security in the region.