Head of Indian Navy warns of pirates teaming up with terrorists

Published 27 October 2011

Admiral Nirmal Verma, the head of India’s Navy, warned that pirates could begin forging ties with terrorist organizations which had “cancerous potential”; Verma’s remarks come as part of a U.S. Naval War College Symposium held in Newport, Rhode Island; Verma also said that it was critical to begin effectively sentencing captured pirates rather than just releasing them; “It is estimated that nine out of 10 apprehended pirates benefit from the ‘catch and release’ policy followed by most navies till now,” he said; India has yet to prosecute the more than 100 pirates that its Navy has captured

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