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A tribunal for piracy: why not in Reunion or Mayotte?

(BRUSSELS2) Indeed… We can ask ourselves this question: Why not then establish a court against piracy or a prison for Somali pirates in Mayotte or Reunion, French departments of the Indian Ocean?

This would be a fairly practical solution to implement in the face of the development of piracy in the Indian Ocean. France has a judicial and penitentiary system already in place. Criminal law does not require adaptation. It is a member of the EU and NATO; which facilitates transfers when these vessels arrest suspects. This would therefore make it possible to quickly translate a certain number of pirates rather than considering their almost systematic release. Even if it means considering equalization funding at European level or from the anti-piracy contact group…

France indeed has the particularity of being both a European member state and a regional partner in the Indian Ocean. She is present in the Indian Ocean Commission. And she even sat… as “local” at the conference against piracy which took place in Mauritius a year ago. But, strangely, this option has never been worked on. France did not really propose it. And even she fears it above all else, according to some indiscretions. Its European partners comment on this silence but do not dare to break it… Too bad!

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

2 thoughts on “A tribunal for piracy: why not in Reunion or Mayotte?"

  • It would be simple, but for the prison personally I would suggest:
    “LES KERGUELEN” so that they are cool……………..

  • Guillaume

    setting up a tribunal to try pirates in an overseas department would have the effect of allowing suspected pirates of foreign nationality to file an asylum application as soon as they have landed on national soil. In addition, any sentences imposed will have to be served in a French prison establishment, knowing that the French prison system has 56.150 places occupied by 64.584 prisoners, we understand France's reluctance.

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