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Re: Danish Sailing Vessel taken by pirates
NY Times article today (May 14, 2013, page A4) says piracy in Indian Ocean has decreased markedly over the past 18 months due to international forces on patrol. Only 5 ships were taken last year, and none (so far) this year. This compares to 47 ships taken in 2010. The article describes how the bookkeeper, responsible for dividing up the ransom paid for a German ship three years ago, was arrested in Germany last Wednesday. He faces 5 to 15 years in prison on charges of "kidnapping and grievous bodily harm", since the captive crew was tortured by the pirates. Though hopefully a thing of the past, pirates are still being tracked down. Justice can be slow, but it is inexorable.