Interpol Compiling Somali Piracy Suspect Database

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - Interpol is compiling fingerprints,
photographs and other personal data on Somali pirate suspects to
help in prosecutions worldwide.

Interpol said Wednesday its bureau in the Seychelles islands
already has provided details on 23 detained Somalis. The
information can be accessed by any of the agency's 187 member
countries.

Despite international patrols, piracy has exploded in the Gulf
of Aden and around Somalia's 1,900-mile (3,060-kilometer) coastline
- the longest in Africa.

The international community is grappling with how and where to
try captured pirates. Many nations are wary of hauling in pirates
for trial for fear of being saddled with them after they serve out
prison terms.


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