Sunday, January 24, 2010

How Do They Expect to Stop Piracy Like This?

This is insanity. United Kingdom, Transport, Piracy Off Somalia: Prosecutions, Procrastination And Progress
One striking feature of the various counter-piracy naval operations in the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden is that, while warships of many nations have been successful in preventing many hijackings, more pirates and suspected pirates have been released—often being repatriated to Somalia without any weapons but with fresh supplies of food and clothes—than have been detained for prosecution. This has happened even when pirates have been captured while holding hostages. At first sight, this suggests that in such instances there was either ample evidence of guilt, or the naval forces were confiscating possessions in dubious circumstances.

The reality is more disturbing. There is a notable lack of political will on the part of most nations to become involved in prosecutions. It is simply too much trouble and too disruptive and expensive, and there are fears that convicted pirates may ultimately be able to secure rights of asylum. And this, despite the much-publicised agreements reached by the United Kingdom, the US, the EU and others, with countries such as Kenya, for suspects to be detained and tried.
So more ransoms are paid, and more money flows and more pirates ply their trade.

It is too much trouble for these nations to enforce the law. They turn murderous (and they are murderous) pirates loose even when it is clearly not the right thing to do because of politics.

And if you don't have a big corporate backer, when you are captured by pirates, you are probably dead meat.

The “International Community” at work. Do they really expect a "catch and release" policy to do anything but encourage the bloodsuckers?

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