UNITED NATIONS (AFP) – A 10-nation board approved Friday 2.1 million dollars in UN funding for five projects to help Somalia and neighboring
Countries prosecute suspected pirates. Piracy off Somalia is a menace to the region and the world," said UN Under-Secretary-General for Political
Affairs Lynn Pascoe, chair of the board overseeing a new trust fund. "Prosecuting suspected pirates is an important piece of the international strategy
To combat the problem." An international armada of warships has patrolled an area in the north of Somalia in the Gulf of Aden for More than a year in a bid
To curb piracy. But countries that have captured pirates have often struggled to bring them to justice due to legal technicalities. Four of the projects in line for the funding are designed to support institutions in the Seychelles,
Which along with Kenya serves as a regional center to prosecute pirates, as well as in Somalia’s semi-autonomous Puntland state and its breakaway region of Somaliland. They will specifically deal with mentoring prosecutors and police, building and rehabilitating prisons, reviewing domestic legislation on piracy and enhancing court capacity. A media project will help local partners design and spread anti-piracy messages across Somalia.