Friday, December 18, 2009

Somali Pirates Released - States Unwilling to Prosecute Them!

In another blow to the fight against maritime piracy, the BBC reports that Dutch authorities released captured Somali pirates under instructions from the EU. To add insult to injury, the 13 pirates were put on their speedboat with food and fuel!
Here's more from the report:
"The European Union has tried in vain since their arrest to find a country which would agree to prosecute them," the defence ministry statement said."The defence ministry regrets that the European Union has not found a suitable solution."
We've pointed out in our article that the EU has an agreement with Kenya to prosecute pirates. The BBC report seems to indicate that the agreement is not working because the Kenyans have refused to prosecute in this instance. It would be interesting to hear the Kenyan side of the story.
In any case, capture and release is not much of a strategy in the fight against piracy. The EU is better off staying at home if it is unable to prosecute captured pirates.