NATO Frigate’s Pirate Catch-and-Release

18.05.09

Categorie: Africa, Alliances, David Axe, Legal, Naval, Piracy |

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by DAVID AXE

Somali piracy is a “complex legal issue linked to national law, international law and the law of the high seas,” NATO General Karl-Heinz Lather said last month. NATO has deployed five ships to do battle with pirates, and has advocated aggressive tactics, but legal complications have stymied forceful action.

On Sunday, NATO’s Canadian frigate Winnipeg, pictured, had to release suspected pirates aboard two fast skiffs after the suspects apparently threw their weapons overboard. Without that evidence, no prosecution is possible.

(Photo: NATO)

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