Cherson & Molschky: Somali Pirates in France and Norwegian Prison ‘Hospitality’

Who is being deprived of their human rights? The victims or the criminals? The answer to that question, according to the modern West…

In 2008, a group of Somali pirates attacked and captured both a French cruise ship and a yacht, holding hostage the French citizens on board. In order to save their lives, the French government paid ransom: $2.1m and $2m respectively. Then the French military captured the pirates responsible on the Somali coast in two operations – and instead of shooting them on the spot and feeding their corpses to sharks, they took them to France.

Before doing so, the authorities held one group for four days and the others for six days and 16 hours. Remarkably, the extra 48 hours of custody before being brought before a judge somehow violated the pirates’ right to liberty and security, and the European Court on Human Rights has now ordered “compensation for them over judicial delays.”

Nine Somali pirates should get thousands of euros because they were not immediately brought before a French judge, the court ruled…

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