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Somalia grants amnesty to 959 young pirates

The UN does not approve of the Somali President’s move to grant amnesty to hundreds of young pirates. Prosecution of the criminals is the only way to go if the international community is to have the 130 sailors in pirates’ captivity released.

The Somali President, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, has granted amnesty to hundreds of young Somalis – a total of 959 pirates, Reuters reports. According to a regional official, the move has been made to limit the pirate threat towards shipping at the Horn of Africa but the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) does not approve of the Somali solution.

“If the current downturn in attacks is to endure, those who have been involved must face the consequence of their actions,” says Alan Cole, Regional Coordinator for the counter-piracy programme under the UNODC.

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