On Sunday, Spain began the judicial hearings to determine the fate of two Somali pirates, who were a part of a hijacking team that left a tuna boat from the country, in the hands of bandits near the coast of Somalia.

At the moment the investigating magistrate, Baltasar Garzon, is determining whether the pirates should be charged with terrorism, or kidnapping, or both.

The two pirates were captured by Spanish authorities earlier in the day off the shores, when they left the trawler on a smaller boat, and were followed.

The tuna boat was boarded by pirates and taken control of on Friday, on the high seas, between Seychelles and Somalia. There were 36 crew members on board.

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