Inside the British battle to wipe out Somali pirates

Prosecutions having an effect?

Inside the British battle to wipe out the scourge of Somali pirates


Sailors navigating the coast of East Africa no longer have to fear an ordeal like that of Kent couple Paul and Rachel Chandler who were captured by Somali pirates, thanks to British efforts to put hijackers behind bars.

Prosecutors have successfully jailed 126 pirates and there have been no hijackings off the Horn of Africa in the last 24 months, new figures reveal.

Hijackings similar to the experience of the Chandlers and the hijacking of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama which inspired the blockbuster film Captain Phillips, are a thing of the past due to the success of a scheme to prosecute the pirates on remote islands in the Indian Ocean.

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