Here in the Seychelles, they believe that a turning point in the war with Somali piracy occurred when the Supreme Court handed down a severe sentence of 22 years each to nine Somali pirates under a new “antipiracy” amendment to Seychelles law.

The pirates really had seized some Seychellois, so the mood in Victoria — the smallest national capital city in the world, with one traffic light — was good, both among officials and ordinary citizens. If we add to this that the United Arab Emirates had donated five patrol vessels to Seychelles, significantly augmenting the local coast guard (which until then had two patrol boats), it becomes clear why the military spirit of the Seychellois was high.…  Seguir leyendo »