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Jailed pirates moved to Somaliland

2012-03-29 22:44

Nairobi - The Seychelles government has transferred 17 convicted Somali pirates to prisons in Somaliland because of overcrowding in its prisons, official said on Thursday.

Seychelles Minister of Home Affairs and Transport Joel Morgan said this is the first time pirates have been moved to Somaliland to complete their prison time.

Morgan said the transfer of the 17 prisoners will lead to more pirate transfers in the future to the autonomous regions in Somalia of Somaliland and Puntland.

Somaliland is a breakaway northern enclave of war-torn Somalia which has a stable, elected government though it is not recognised internationally as an independent state.

According to government statistics Somali pirates make up 20% of Seychelles' 500-person prison population in the main Montagne Posee Prison.

More than two decades of lawlessness in Somalia has created an environment that has allowed piracy to thrive off the Somali coast. Seychelles is one of the few African countries prosecuting pirates arrested by international navies patrolling off Somalia's coastline as part of an effort to crack down on the maritime bandits.

"We have been working hard for the past two years to ensure that, while we will do our part in bringing these pirates to justice, we will no longer have to bear the burden of incarceration indefinitely," said Jean-Paul Adam, the minister for foreign affairs.

Comments
  • Carry - 2012-03-30 06:22

    WHY MOVE THEM - GET RID OF THE SCUM.

      John - 2012-03-30 06:34

      I agree, how long before they are free? Once a pirate always a pirate, ask Jack Sparrow.

  • Atholl - 2012-03-30 07:53

    Sitting here on deck, floating in the Pacific, us pirates have the best view of events - and things. Piracy is a skill that is rarely understood by the passing traffic - the populous. For instance, our brethren in the White House, the CIA, MI6, CFA, FBI ... - for they too doth posses the same modus operandi as we. .... our means ... to achieve an end ... are identical. For we doth neither possess the skill of a carpenter, the touch of a doctor, the certainty of a scientist, the accuracy of a mathematician. ........ so we develop a secret system to build an empire ... We float aimlessly on the ocean, scouting for passing traffic that has value (Gold is Good, Opium - Ok and Oil lubricates anything - land is useless) ... then we strike! We plan our intervention, disregard the ship's destination and the Captain's ability to steer. We enter from any point on the horizon as long as there's mist and unstable seas. Our execution is standard, instill our own Captain - divide the crew - weaken the able - nullify their weapons .... then we plunder - everything - what's valuable to the ship (and not to us) goes overboard for the sharks to feed. We Conquer anything with our swords ... they Conquer anything with their mouths. ..... we sometimes get caught and are jailed ... they never get jailed ... .. we have vacancies in every ocean .. but our brothers never apply.

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