The treatment of captured pirates has been raised after it has emerged captive pirates have been, “well cared for”.
The discussions were prompted by a Radio 4 report about a Royal Navy warship capture of a crew of Somali pirates. The pirates were reportedly armed with AK 47s and rocket-propelled grenades, and yet were still afforded “special treatment” onboard.
According to the report the RN provided the pirates with Halal meals, medical checks, cigarettes – and even a nicotine patch – before releasing them in their own boats.
This has naturally caused a stir amongst the press, and with the “catch and release” programme already a cause for concern, stories such as this only call into question further the means for captured pirates to be dealt with.