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Piracy News & Commentary

Arrest of Non-Somalis

Somali authorities have arrested, convicted, and imprisoned three Britons, two Kenyans, and one American for their involvement in delivering ransom funds to Somali pirates. Strictly speaking, the payment of pirate ransoms is unlawful in Somalia, and this is the first time Somali authorities have convicted Westerners with piracy-related crimes. The British government is reviewing its options in regard to the convictions. Ransoms are routinely paid to Somali pirates in return for the release of ships and crews.

Update, July: The Westerners have been released.
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