Ignore Pirates or Face Asylum Claims, UK Says

Navy argues blind eye not best policy
By Kate Rockwood,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 13, 2008 10:37 AM CDT
The merchant vessel Golden Nori is released by pirates off the Somali coast.    (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – In an odd new take on piracy, the British Royal Navy has been told by the Foreign Office not to detain pirates—or they may seek asylum to escape death sentences in their home countries. It's not a strategy roundly hailed. “These people commit horrendous offenses. It’s a pathetic indictment of what our legal system has come to," complained one politician.

“The solution is not to turn a blind eye but to turn them over to the local authorities." Using high-tech weaponry, modern pirates kill, steal, and ransom ships’ crews, reports the Times of London. French commandos on Friday managed to secure the release of hostages aboard a luxury yacht pirated off the coast of Somalia.