EUNAVFOR has released 18 suspected pirates that had been detained by the Finnish warship “FNS POHJANMAA” since the 6 April.
They were released after requests to a number of states, who were considered to have an interest in the case, proved to be unsuccessful.
The States either decided not to prosecute or could not provide an intent to prosecute within the required timescale.
This is another worrying development, and demonstrates the confusion and seeming lack of will to take proper action against pirates. When the will to prosecute is lacking, then it sends out clear signs to pirates that the game is still on. We need States to react differently, where many see the problems of prosecution, we need to instead see pragmatic action…and that should not simply mean releasing captured pirates.