750 Somali pirates in custody in 14 countries

The number of Somali pirates who are being held in custody in 14 countries across the world has reached over 750 according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime or UNODC.

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Somali pirates

It’s estimated that attacks on ships by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean
are costing $7 billion a year, with $200 million paid in ransoms alone.

Alan Cole from UNODC in East Africa says the long-term solution to piracy depends on a robust legal system and boosting development.

“The only way we are going to sort this problem in the very long term is to get a grip of the criminal justice systems on land in Somalia. The reason piracy exists is because of the combination of a failed criminal justice system but also great economic depravation. So agencies need to come together to address those two.”

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