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    0.000
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    14,237.430
    109.200
    0.8%
  • OTRI.USA
    21.810
    -0.160
    -0.7%
  • OTVI.USA
    14,212.180
    102.900
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  • TLT.USA
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American ShipperShipping

Piracy decision slammed

France ordered to compensate pirates becasue of two day delay in bringing them before judge.

   A group that seeks to assist victims of maritime piracy says a decision by the European Court of Human Rights requiring the government of France to compensate Somali pirates who had attacked French ships, because the French army took too long to bring the pirates before a judge, is “repugnant and insulting”
   The
Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme said the French government has been ordered to pay nine pirates thousands of pounds for their “moral damages” as well as the pirate’s legal costs.
   It said the Somali pirates were caught on the high seas by the French army on two separate occasions in 2008 and taken back to France for trial.
   “In the ruling, the ECHR acknowledged the French were operating under ‘completely exceptional circumstances’ — the arrest took place ‘more than 4,000 miles from French territory’ — which explained the long detention without seeing a judge — but the ECHR judges ruled that France needs to compensate the pirates, as the French Army ‘took too long to bring the pirates before a judge,’ during a 2008 arrest, and so ruled that after their arrival on French soil, authorities were wrong to keep the pirates in custody for an additional 48 hours before bringing them before a judge,” the group said.
   Roy Paul, director for MPHRP, said, “This decision would be unbelievable if it wasn’t made by the European Court of Human Rights. The claim that this constituted a ‘violation of their rights to freedom and security,’ is an insult to the seafarers and yachtsmen they attacked as surely this is the true violation of the seafarers’ rights to freedom and security.”

Chris Dupin

Chris Dupin has written about trade and transportation and other business subjects for a variety of publications before joining American Shipper and Freightwaves.