Mauritius Takes On Pirates

The island of Mauritius has agreed to prosecute pirates from next month in another step forward in the battle against the hijackers.

The Indian Ocean nation said it had reached a deal with Somalia, and the semi-autonomous regions of Somaliland and Puntland, to accept suspected pirates for trial starting in June.

Prime minister Navinchandra Ramgoolam said his Indian Ocean country needed to play a more active role in fighting piracy, given its impact on security, fishing and tourism.

It is making arrangements to accept one or two batches of suspected pirates in June, but did not say how many.

Mauritius secured EUR 3m ($3.82m) in July from the European Union for the trial and detention of piracy suspects.



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