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Leaders’ union: Government piracy announcement outrageous

The Danish union for leaders of different levels in the maritime industry, Søfartens Ledere, thinks that the announcement from the Danish Social Democratic Party, Socialdemokraterne, a government party, that there is no reason to capture suspected pirates is a sign of resignation

Søfartens Ledere is outraged that the Socialdemokraterne spokesman on defence policy, Bjarne Laustsen, suggests that Danish soldiers should no longer be able to capture suspected pirates in the Gulf of Aden. According to Bjarne Laustsen it would make sense to merely disarm pirates instead of capturing them as it is not possible to prosecute them anyway.

“It seems to be the most sensible thing to disarm the pirates and allow them to leave the vessel instead of taking them prisoners. Of course the best thing would be to prosecute the pirates but we have to admit that it is difficult. And if we cannot do that, I see no reason to hold the pirates prisoners on the vessels in order to secure evidence and then let them go again”, Bjarne Laustsen told Danish news agency Ritzau.

Crucial evidence

The announcement was made the day after the release of 17 suspected pirates onto Somali soil from the Danish navy vessel, Absalon. The pirates had been held prisoners for 5 weeks.

“On the contrary, I think that it is very important to secure evidence against suspected pirates. The objective for the Danish mission against pirates is to get rid of piracy”, Managing Director of Søfartens Ledere, Fritz Ganzhorn says.

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