Kenya court rules no jurisdiction over international piracy cases

[JURIST] The high court of Mombasa ruled Tuesday that Kenya does not have jurisdiction outside of its national waters, releasing nine suspected Somali pirates [JURIST news archive]. Citing the repeal of Chapter VIII, section 69 of the Kenyan penal code [text, PDF] as the basis for his decision, Justice Mohamed Ibrahim [official profile] concluded that the suspects, who were arrested in March 2009 in the Indian Ocean by German and US troops, did not violate the territorial waters of Kenya….