TITLE

PROSECUTING SOMALIA PIRATES AS TERRORISTS

AUTHOR(S)
ODHIAMBO, E.O.S.; ONKWARE, K.; KASSILLY, J.; NTABO, O. M.
PUB. DATE
October 2011
SOURCE
Journal of Defense Resources Management;Oct2011, Vol. 2 Issue 2, p37
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article starts from the assumption that piracy resembles terrorism in many aspects and attempts to support it through both a theoretical investigation and practical examples. The argument it makes is that Somali pirates should be prosecuted as terrorists. Moreover, it emphasizes the idea that for Somalia's neighboring countries and not only the implementation of such an approach consists in resorting to the antiterrorist conventions already in place. Thus, for example, Kenya Navy as a piracyfighting agency should rely on these conventions to justify the capture and prosecution of pirates in Kenyan courts. In this respect, we emphasize the idea that only by resorting to an established international legal framework can Kenya identify the tools to counter pirates' actions within legal limits. Moreover, this should be paralleled by efforts towards rebuilding Somalia and its institutions if long-term solutions are to be envisaged in the eradication of piracy in the Indian Ocean. In conclusion, the article looks at the concepts of piracy, terrorism and development in the Horn of Africa, suggests that piracy is a form of Terrorism and, makes a series of recommendations.
ACCESSION #
66933749

 

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