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France ordered to pay damages to Somali Pirates by the European Court of Human Rights


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Well you just couldn't make it up..... the good old Criminals friend (the European Court of Human Rights) has ordered France to pay damages to Somali Pirates. The pirates had held French citizens hostage after seizing a French-flagged cruise ship and a French yacht in 2008. The French military captured the pirates on the Somali coast in two operations, after the hostages had been released for ransoms of $2.1m (£1.3m) and $2m. 


Before transferring the pirates to France, the authorities held one group for four days and the others for six days and 16 hours.


But the extra 48 hours of custody on French soil violated the pirates’ right to liberty and security under the European Convention on Human Rights, the court ruled.


The convention’s Article 5.3 “was not designed to give the authorities the opportunity to intensify their investigations for the purpose of bringing formal charges against the suspects”, a court statement said.

The judges argued that the time between their arrest and transfer to France was already enough for France to draw up charges, instead of delaying for another 48 hours.


You really couldn't make this nonsense up.....





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Perhaps if they had just sunk the boat then that would have been a breach of their human rights, depriving them of a living. Still if they had sunk it with them on board then it would most likely be that the relatives would put a claim in for use of unreasonable force used.


it is the lawyers that want looking into. must be a very lucrative business all these human rights cases they seem to fight.


wonder how many cases would be brought if the lawyers that brought the cases had to pay all the costs win lose or draw?

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