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Shipowners: Prosecution of pirates good for sense of justice

It is good for the sense of justice of sailors and shipping companies that pirates may now be prosecuted in the Seychelles, Danish Shipowners’ Association says. However, the possibility of prosecution has no real preventive effect on piracy, Deputy Director General Jan Fritz Hansen believes.

The new opportunity of handing over pirates to prosecution in the Seychelles is an important step in the right direction but far bigger measures are needed in order to efficiently prevent piracy, Danish Shipowners’ Association announces.

“As a matter of principle, we are of the opinion that crime must be prosecuted and punished. But we are also of the opinion that we have to act operationally and practically when it comes to piracy and thereby place our efforts elsewhere. We do not believe that prosecution has any preventive effect”, says Jan Fritz Hansen (picture) who is the Deputy Director General of the Danish Shipowners’ Association.

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