A month-long legal wrangle between Denmark and the Netherlands over the fate of five Somali pirates being held on the Danish warship Absalon appears nearing its end. According to reports in Denmark, a Dutch military aircraft is to pick up the five men sometime next week and transport them to the Netherlands where they are to stand trial.
The five were detained by the Absalon on December 31, 2008 after unsuccessfully attempting to hijack a Dutch Antilles-flagged vessel off the coast of Somalia.
According to the reports, Bahrain has agreed to allow the Dutch aircraft to land and remove the five pirates.
The Dutch public prosecutor has issued an international arrest warrant on the five men, since the vessel they attacked was flagged in an autonomous region of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.