This is getting ridiculous. Within one day of this fiasco involving a Dutch Navy vessel nabbing and releasing a pirate band, a Canadian frigate teamed up with a British warship to track and capture another gang who tried to hijack a Norwegian tanker in the Gulf of Aden. Then, what happened?
The pirates were detained, but allowed to go free after questioning.
There is currently no formal procedure for NATO personnel to follow once they have apprehended pirates, [a NATO spokesperson] noted. Their weapons are confiscated and they are then typically given provisions and released.
Out-of-control piracy in one of the world's most important and heavily trafficked sea lanes is no joke. But the pirates are surely having a good laugh at the vaunted power and authority of "the international community."
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