Enough of the warning shots and this ludicrous releasing of the pirates; shoot to sink and kill the bastards: NATO Warships Thwart Pirate Attack
NATO warships and helicopters pursued Somali pirates for seven hours after they attacked a Norwegian tanker, NATO spokesmen said Sunday, and the high-speed chase only ended when warning shots were fired at the pirates' skiff.
Both ships deployed helicopters, and naval officers hailed the pirates over loudspeakers and finally fired warning shots to stop them, Cmdr. Fernandes said, but not before the pirates had dumped most of their weapons overboard. NATO forces boarded the skiff, where they found a rocket-propelled grenade, and interrogated, disarmed and released the pirates.
The pirates can't be prosecuted under Canadian law because they didn't attack Canadian citizens or interests and the crime wasn't committed on Canadian territory.
"When a ship is part of NATO, the detention of person is a matter for the national authorities," Cmdr. Fernandes said. "It stops being a NATO issue and starts being a national issue."
The pirates' release underscores the difficulties navies have in fighting rampant piracy off the coast of lawless Somalia. Most of the time foreign navies simply disarm and release the pirates they catch due to legal complications and logistical difficulties in transporting pirates and witnesses to court.
Pirates have attacked more than 80 boats this year alone, four times the number assaulted in 2003, according to the Kuala Lumpur-based International Maritime Bureau. They now hold at least 18 ships -- including a Belgian tanker seized Saturday with 10 crew aboard -- and over 310 crew hostage, according to an Associated Press count.