UN calls for pirate prosecutions.
STATES must be more ready to prosecute suspected pirates, according to an official statement issued following a plenary session of the United Nations contact group on Somali piracy in New York.
The words used will be taken as veiled but unmistakeable criticism of those countries, including Britain, which have frequently allowed even those caught red-handed to sail away with only a caution.
?The Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia underlined the need to end impunity of piracy off the coast of Somalia. The effective prosecution of piracy suspects is a key element to countering piracy and crucial to the success of the international efforts off the coast of Somalia,? the statement said.
?The CGPCS emphasised the urgent need for all states and organisations to continue to review rules and procedures in order to ensure prosecution of suspected pirates and the necessary global and regional burden sharing in this respect.?
Discussions included the idea of a dedicated piracy chamber ? with or without international elements ? established ?within the existing domestic criminal justice system of one or more states and located in one or more states willing and able to undertake prosecution?.
Meanwhile, a representative of Interpol told delegates that the police information-sharing outfit is to establish a dedicated working group on maritime piracy.
It is known that Interpol officials have for some months been pressing for increased collaboration between national law enforcement agencies charged with tackling Somali piracy.
Interpol director of police services Jean-Michel Louboutin has publicly called for the systematic collation of intelligence, and the exchange and comparison of information including fingerprints and DNA.