Hintergründe, Gefahren und mögliche Gegenmaßnahmen
Edited By Moritz Brake
Kapitel 5: Somalische Piraterie und deutsches Strafrecht: Der Fall TAIPAN
Editorial abstract: As Somali pirates were being apprehended by (Western) expeditionary navies, criminals from a „stateless“ society had to be tried in front of criminal courts adhering not only to the standards of the rule of law, but also according to the inherent values of democracies based on human dignity. In Hamburg’s 2012 TAIPAN-case, the results were encouraging. Punishment does not have to be excessive to be effective. Western courts do not have to „emulate Somali-standards“ to meet the suspects’ supposed „expectations“ to have an effect. Even those trusting more on fear than reason to keep (potential) criminals in check could possibly draw some satisfaction from the fact that none of the accused pirates seemed to enjoy the prospect of trial and captivity. On the side of reason: Many of those convicted professed remorse while the counter-piracy effort lived up to its legal and moral obligations.
Am 19. Oktober 2012 wurde nach zwei Jahren Verhandlungszeit das Urteil im allgemein als „Hamburger Piratenprozess“ bekannten Verfahren gesprochen. Das Ergebnis: Die zehn Angeklagten wurden zu langjährigen Haftstrafen verurteilt.
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