Friday, May 01, 2009

Canada's Catch and Release Policy - for Pirates

globeandmail.com: Ottawa's piracy policy flouts law, experts say Canada needs to get its act together.
"Its ludicrous for the Harper government to claim that it can't arrest and prosecute pirates," said Michael Byers, who holds the Canadian Research Chair in International Law and Politics at the University of British Columbia. "Canada has a legal obligation under the United Nations and international law to bring pirates to justice."
Not only is international law on Canada's side, but piracy is still listed in the Canadian criminal code with maximum sentence of life in prison.

Other nations - aside from the Dutch - are doing a better job.
France has put pirates on trial in Paris. Russian warships seized 29 pirates this week. The German frigate Rheinland-Pfalz delivered seven captured pirates for trial in Mombasa 10 days ago. A Spanish warship landed another groups of captured pirates. More than 70 pirates captured by NATO warships have now been turned over to Kenyan authorities for trial.
Add to that the French, British and Yemeni commandos have killed pirates and rescued crews.

Giving pirates a stern talking-to, and sending them to their rooms isn't going to stem the tide of piracy.

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