Should Somalia Pirate Face the Death Penalty?

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    Feb 13, 2011 3:47 AM GMT
    Malaysia think so.

    I think its a sad but at the same time their existence is pretty much null.

    Somalia 'pirates' charged in Malaysia

    Malaysian prosecutors have filed charges against seven Somali men and boys accused of being pirates.

    They were captured by the Malaysian navy last month as they tried to hijack a chemical tanker in the Gulf of Aden.

    All seven are accused of using firearms against the Malaysian armed forces - a charge which carries the death sentence.

    But prosecutors said three 15-year-old suspects would not face execution because they were too young.

    The Somalis appeared in court on Friday in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, handcuffed and wearing orange prison overalls.

    They heard the charges read against them but did not enter a plea.

    The seven are accused of trying to hijack the MT Bunga Laurel, a chemical tanker, on 20 January.

    Malaysian troops stormed the ship and rescued the 23-strong crew.

    The vessel was operated by a Malaysian company but was owned by a Japanese firm, had a Filipino crew and its cargo was bound for Singapore.

    The Gulf of Aden, between Yemen and Somalia, is one of the world's busiest shipping routes and has become a hotspot for pirate attacks.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12430671
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    Feb 13, 2011 8:28 AM GMT
    I think they should charge and then execute all of them. This will lead to all pirates knowing full well that they should fight to the death and realize that there is no reason not to bring heavy explosives to sink their targets if they are in danger of being captured. It should raise the stakes and encourage hostage taking and increase the level of violence significantly. Really, a very brilliant response to this problem...
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    Feb 13, 2011 9:50 AM GMT
    west77 saidI think they should charge and then execute all of them. This will lead to all pirates knowing full well that they should fight to the death and realize that there is no reason not to bring heavy explosives to sink their targets if they are in danger of being captured. It should raise the stakes and encourage hostage taking and increase the level of violence significantly. Really, a very brilliant response to this problem...


    Hard labor, but that may be substantially better than the life they had in Somalia.

    Somalia and other desert regions are too overpopulated to support the people there. Saudi Arabia as well.

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    Feb 14, 2011 12:31 AM GMT
    Sure, why not? The pirates invaded a country's territorial waters and shot at its military personnel. They are therefore subject to Malaysia's laws. Relatively speaking, the Malaysian law is compassionate towards minors. There is no such law protecting minors in Somalia, "one of only two countries in the world that have not ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child" and one in which girls are routinely raped and stoned to death.
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    Feb 14, 2011 12:38 AM GMT
    I would like to see some mercy on those under 18, because there is no telling what mitigating circumstances that got them on those Pirate boats. The grown men I suppose should be done away with to send a message, Piracy Will Not Be Tolerated. Something drastic has to happen in order for this Piracy to stop.
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    Feb 14, 2011 4:51 AM GMT
    realifedad said I would like to see some mercy on those under 18, because there is no telling what mitigating circumstances that got them on those Pirate boats. The grown men I suppose should be done away with to send a message, Piracy Will Not Be Tolerated. Something drastic has to happen in order for this Piracy to stop.

    Agreed... brute force and punishment always discourages those in sever poverty from acting out; just execute a few as examples to the rest. Actually, that would also be a great way to discourage any Mexicans fleeing poverty from jumping the boarder; just execute a few of them in view of their countrymen. Go real 1200's and place their heads on stakes as warnings to others...

    After a few executions, I hope to see the pirates actually start using their rocket launchers to blow holes in the sides of supertankers. You see, if they can cause enough environmental harm, perhaps the international community will provide actual paying jobs for them to clean the shorelines.
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    Feb 14, 2011 5:35 AM GMT
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    realifedad said I would like to see some mercy on those under 18, because there is no telling what mitigating circumstances that got them on those Pirate boats. The grown men I suppose should be done away with to send a message, Piracy Will Not Be Tolerated. Something drastic has to happen in order for this Piracy to stop.

    Agreed... brute force and punishment always discourages those in sever poverty from acting out; just execute a few as examples to the rest. Actually, that would also be a great way to discourage any Mexicans fleeing poverty from jumping the boarder; just execute a few of them in view of their countrymen. Go real 1200's and place their heads on stakes as warnings to others...

    After a few executions, I hope to see the pirates actually start using their rocket launchers to blow holes in the sides of supertankers. You see, if they can cause enough environmental harm, perhaps the international community will provide actual paying jobs for them to clean the shorelines.



    I think your taking this a bit of a stretch further than I meant, Do I catch some sarcasm ??