Last updated: 25 may, 2010 - 16:40 GMT

Suspected pirates on trial

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For the first time in Europe, a trial has begun in the Netherlands against a group of alleged Somali pirates.

The five men, captured in January 2009, are accused of launching an attack in the Gulf of Aden against a cargo ship registered in the Dutch Antilles.

The BBC's Gerldine Coughlan reports from Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

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