Brutal attacks on captured seafarers have reached a “tipping point”, and according to the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) it is time for a drag-net approach to clamp down on the new “mafia of the high seas”.
“It has reached a tipping point. We can’t allow piracy activities to go on. Crewmen are being physically tortured during captivity, (there is) not enough deterrent to stop them,” says IMB director Pottengal Mukundan.
In line with the thoughts on many lawyers, that a change to existing laws are necessary, the IMB has long had its own definition of piracy. Something which could be useful as we look to change the way in which pirates are tackled, captured and prosecuted.