Five extradited for 'piracy' trial


South Korean naval special forces approach the cargo ship Samho Jewelry in the Arabian Sea (AP)

South Korea’s coast guard said five Somali pirates captured during a raid on a hijacked cargo ship in the Arabian Sea have been brought to South Korea to stand trial.

Coast guard officer Eum Jin-kyung said the pirates were put into detention shortly after their arrival at Gimhae airport.

Mr Eum said coast guard investigators plan to question the pirates for 10 days before handing them over to South Korean prosecutors for an indictment.

The pirates were arrested in a raid by South Korean commandos on the hijacked Samho Jewelry earlier this month, a week after they seized the freighter and its 21 crew members.

The commandos rescued the crew of the South Korean ship and killed eight Somali pirates.

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