January 16, 2014
by Amy Mathieu
The International Maritime Bureau (IMB), a specialized division of the International Chamber of Commerce reported on Wednesday that maritime pirate attacks have reached their lowest levels in six years, dropping 40 percent since 2011. Pottengal Mukundan, Director of the IMB, attributes the ...[read more]
November 19, 2013
by Nicholas Tomsho
The UN Security Council adopted a resolution Monday restating its call for member states to take steps against piracy and armed robbery off the coast of Somalia and the Horn of Africa. The resolution urges UN member states to cooperate with "relevant international organizations to adopt ...[read more]
June 27, 2013
by G. Redd
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday welcomed a regional agreement announced Wednesday to deter piracy in the Gulf of Guinea. The Summit of the Gulf of Guinea Heads of State and Government closed with the adoption of the International Maritime Organization Code of Conduct concerning the ...[read more]
June 25, 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark
On June 25, 2010, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) announced that it had opened a courtroom in Kenya to hear maritime piracy cases. The UNODC, with support from donor states such as Australia, Canada, the EU and the US, established the high security courtroom to prosecute suspected Somali ...[read more]
February 16, 2013
by Arjun Mishra
On February 16, 2011, a federal judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York sentenced Somali pirate Abduwali Muse to 34 years in prison for the 2009 hijacking of the vessel Maesrk Alabama. Muse was charged on counts that included conspiracy and committing piracy after the ...[read more]
January 23, 2013
by Julia Zebley
The US Supreme Court denied certiorari in two cases Tuesday that dealt with federal maritime piracy law. The court denied Dire v. United States and Said v. United States, both decided in May of last year, opting not to rule on the application of a 1790 federal law, piracy under law of nations to... ...[read more]
November 20, 2012
by Sarah Paulsworth
UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson on Monday stressed the need to address the causes of maritime piracy with a "multi-dimensional approach". Addressing the UN Security Council, Eliasson noted three areas of concern that warrant immediate action: 1) better coordination, information-sharing ...[read more]
November 15, 2012
by Katherine Bacher
On November 15, 2011, a French court in Paris began the trial of six accused Somali pirates. The trial was the result of a 2008 attack on a yacht in the Gulf of Aden, during which a couple aboard the yacht was held hostage for two weeks. This was France's first piracy trial, and the accused ...[read more]
October 19, 2012
by Peter Snyder
The Hanseatic Higher Regional Court of Hamburg on Friday issued sentences for 10 Somalis who were involved in the hijacking the German freighter MS Taipan off the coast of Somalia two years ago. The defendants, ranging in age from 19?50, were found guilty on charges of kidnapping and conductin... ...[read more]
August 22, 2012
by Katherine Bacher
On August 22, 2011, the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia sentenced a Somali man to life in prison for his role in the hijacking of a US vessel, which resulted in the deaths of four US citizens. Ali Abdi Mohamed was the first sentenced out of the 11 men responsible for the ...[read more]

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