Piracy Update: Pirates 61 Captured, 14 Indicted, 5 Sentenced

The Indian Navy captured 61 pirates and freed 13 hostages in their third mothership take down of the year. The two previous operations were Jan. 28 and Feb 5. Sixty-one seems like a lot of pirates on a small ship.

A US court sentenced 5 pirates who had mistakenly attacked the frigate USS Nicholas to life plus 80 years. More here.

Fourteen of fifteen “suspected pirates” have been indicted in the case of the yacht Quest that resulted in the murder of 4 Americans.

And “As a last resort, the U.S. Coast Guard is drafting proposals to authorize merchant marines and private boat owners to use weapons against the pirates.”




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