Saturday, October 11, 2008

Pirating the rule of law

A pirate spokesman told news agencies by satellite telephone that the ransom of
$20m (£12m) must be paid by Monday night or the ship would be destroyed.

These Somali pirates threaten to even go down with the ship if they don't get the ransom they demand. The BBC article ends by noting the lack of a functioning Somali government and the continuation of civil strife. This seems to be a drastic example of what happens without a functioning rule of law.

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