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UN proposes Somalia pirate court

UN: Somali pirates are expanding their attacks and costing the world more than $7 billion a year, according to a UN study released Monday that calls for stepped up security and a pirate court.

The report by former French minister Jack Lang suggests establishing a court under Somali jurisdiction but based in a foreign country in order to address the phenomenon, which has grown in recent years.

It said the international naval force in the Indian Ocean should patrol closer to the pirates' coastal hideouts and that economic incentives should be offered to Somali youth to dissuade them from joining the buccaneers.

Somali pirates have captured nearly 2,000 people and been paid ransoms of up to $9.5 million for seized tankers since 2008. As of December 31, 612 people and 26 ships were still being held, according to UN figures.

"The battle is being won by the pirates," Lang told reporters.

"They are going further out into the Indian Ocean and with more high-tech equipment to help them."

The pirates are even taking counterfeit bank note detectors out to sea to check ransoms, the report said. Tuesday, AFP

 

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