were captured following the hijacking of two ships. One vessel was recovered by
the Philippine coastguard and the other by the Indonesian navy with the help of
Inabukwa, an Indonesian flagship carrying cargo worth over US$ 2 million, was
recovered in the Philippines in March this year and the seven pirates found
onboard were arrested and sent back to Indonesia.
men are being held in association with the hijacking of the MT Selayang in
June. The hunt for the Selayang was aided by the ShipLoc tracking device on
board which enabled IMB to pass precise positions of the vessel to Indonesian
naval and air units from the moment she was hijacked.
Director Pottengal Mukudan said "The Indonesian navy expended a lot of
resources to orchestrate the seizure of the Selayang, and the Indonesian police
should be congratulated for getting the Inabukwa pirates back to Indonesia.
now they s hould build on these results, and prosecute the pirates."
pushing for Indonesia to bring the captured pirates to justice. They say the
body of evidence is overwhelming and that if found guilty, the pirates should
face the full penalty of the law.
time pirates were prosecuted by Indonesia, the gang leader was given a seven
year prison sentence which was subsequently reduced to four years. The shipping
community felt that this was an extremely low punishment for someone said to
have masterminded the hijacking of a number of vessels in South East Asia.
the Indonesian police doesn't take these recent cases through to prosecution,
all the efforts in capturing the pirates would have been futile," said
if they do prosecute, it will not only give a clear warning to pirates that
they will not be tolerated, but it will also show the international shipping
industry that efforts are being made by Indonesia to ensure that their waters
are safe for ships and seamen."
published last week in IMB's quarterly Piracy Report show a worrying rise in
hijackings on the world's seas. Whereas only eight hijackings were reported in
2000, fifteen have been reported already this year, ten of which were in
Indonesia and Malaysia.
figures just show there's all the more urgency for Indonesia to act," said
international convention already exists to enable countries to take tough
action against criminals at sea.
the International Maritime Organisation in 1988, the Convention for the
Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against the Safety of Maritime Navigation obliges
contracting governments either to prosecute alleged offenders under their own
laws or to extradite them to the flag state.
of the Rome Convention empowers law enforcement agencies to investigate and
prosecute where the criminal act has occurred in the waters of another country.
According to Mukundan, "this is a vital element in dealing with the
hijacking of ships".
and Malaysia have not ratified this convention. IMB says this can only
encourage piracy in the region.
IMB is part
of Commercial Crime Services, a division of the Paris-based International
Chamber of Commerce. It runs a Piracy Centre in Kuala Lumpur and posts weekly
world piracy status reports on this website.