Monday, January 05, 2009

Good New--Bad News on Somali Pirates

Via Reuters, some good news regarding Somali pirates:
The French naval vessel "Jean de Vienne" was on patrol off the Somali coast as part of a European Union anti-piracy force when it came to the rescue of a Croatian cargo vessel and a Panamanian ship crossing the Gulf of Aden.
The French captured 19 pirates. Good news. Now the bad news:
The 19 Somali pirates, armed and equipped with equipment to board the vessels, were captured and have been handed over to Somali authorities, the statement said.(emphasis added)
Given that piracy has been adding to the GDP of Somali, do we really think they will be properly punished?

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