Somali pirates get compensated for their… ‘piracy’Posted by Jonas Christensen on December 10, 2014
Brave soldiers from Europe and the United States have long protected ships from piracy off the coast of Somalia. Now the European Court of Human Rights demand that some of the countries actually have to pay the pirates for breach of their human rights.
ECtHR: France broke the law
One of the countries that the court has imposed to pay pirates for breach of their human rights is France. After a mission in 2008, where nine Somali pirates were taken hostage by French soldiers, they were not placed in front of a judge in the required period of time after arriving in France.
“The Somalis have to face a judge within 48 hours of arrival, and France did not comply with that rule. Therefore, France must pay a compensation to these Somalis for not upholding their human rights,” says the court.
The European Court of Human Rights demanded that France pay up to $11,150 to each of the nine Somali pirates.
Piracy on its peak – Had control of 736 Hostages
When the Somali piracy was at its peak in January 2011, they had the control of 736 hostages and 32 hijacked ships. Today, this amount has decreased because of brave American and European soldiers, who secure a safe passage for ships in the Gulf of Aden. However, the piracy will probably continue, when we have to pay terrorists for not upholding their human rights.
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