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3500 Somali pirates and $170 million ransom in 2011 according to UNODC

(BRUSSELS2) Somali pirates achieved a turnover of $2011 million in ransom in 170, a significant increase compared to the $110 million obtained in 2010, according to figures communicated by UNODC, the United Nations agency. -United against crime and drugs, at the Somalia conference in London. And we can estimate that around 3500 people work as pirates in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean, said Wayne Miller of UNODC. These estimates are based on discussions with pirates in Somalia last November, according to the Bloomberg agency. NB: This figure appears realistic when we know that 1000 suspects have already been incarcerated (and more than half already sentenced to prison terms). And that the marines deployed in the Indian Ocean regularly arrest suspects then release them, for lack of evidence or places of prosecution. Around a thousand have been released this year, according to diplomatic sources.

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).