Curbing piracy via the courts

Over 1300 pirates have been charged of jailed.

Aggressive Local Court Action Can Curb Piracy at Sea

Adjoa Anyimadu┬áis a research associate with the Africa Program at Chatham House in London. She is also the author of “Maritime Security in the Gulf of Guinea: Lessons Learned from the Indian Ocean.”

Piracy in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of East Africa, has reduced dramatically since 2013, partly because of aggressive prosecution by African and Western nations who saw the benefits of establishing a chain of deterrence from the high seas to the courts.

International efforts to ensure that Somali pirates are prosecuted swiftly seem to have paid off: 1,350 pirates have been charged and imprisoned in 21 different countries, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

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