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Trial of a Nigerian pirate treated in a Ghanaian hospital will start in Copenhagen next week.

The injured man was transported to Ghana, had treatment at the International Maritime Hospital in Tema, was detained there under police protection, and was then transported by air to Denmark to stand trial. 

Francis, who was brought to the Tema hospital on December 19, 2021, underwent surgery after he complained of excruciating discomfort.

He was charged with the attempted manslaughter of Danish soldiers when he first appeared in court in Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, on Friday, January 7, 2022.

He is charged with violating section 252, subsection, of the Criminal Code. 1, for allegedly acting recklessly in association or by mutual understanding with several other people aboard a small boat, putting the lives and safety of the Danish helicopter crew in immediate danger when one of them opened fire with an AK-47 assault rifle at the helicopter of the frigate Esbern Snare as it flew close to the boat. 

The trial will now start at Copenhagen City Court on November 21, 2022. A decision is anticipated by November 25 or 28. The main hearing will take place over the course of four days. If proven guilty, he might spend around 18 months in prison.

Pirate activity in the Gulf of Guinea has increased, affecting lives and resulting in financial losses for nations like Ghana.

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