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Piracy Off the Coast of Somalia: The Argument for Pirate Prosecutions in the National Courts of Kenya, The Seychelles, and Mauritius

Author(s): Milena Sterio

Journal: Amsterdam Law Forum
ISSN 1876-8156

Volume: 4;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 104;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Somali pirates | Mauritius | The Seychelles | Kenya | prosecution | transfer program | piracy

This Article will argue that, in order to combat the rise of Somali piracy, major maritime nations should rely on national prosecutions of Somali pirates in the courts of stable regional partners, such as Kenya, the Seychelles, and Mauritius.  A systematic transfer program and prosecutions in the national courts of several regional partners would preclude the possibility of pirate catch-and-release, and could ultimately provide enough deterrence to seriously dissuade young Somali men from engaging in piracy.  The Somali pirates, enemies of all mankind, may find potent foes in the form of Kenyan, Seychellois, and Mauritian prosecutors, who will subject pirates to prosecutions on behalf of all mankind.

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