Published On: Wed, Mar 21st, 2012

Somaliland Enacts New Anti Piracy Law

HARGEISA–Somaliland President H.E Ahmed Mohamed Mohammud Silanyo has approved three proposed bills into new laws enabling a legislation which will have wide reaching powers. the proposed bills which were previously tabled both in parliament and the house of elders were met by fierce opposition and after much consideration and intense deliberation the MPS reached a consensus on approving the bills.
The three laws:
1. The anti piracy:
2. National security:
3. Extradition:

The three laws which are deemed to be vital for Somaliland in the fight against terrorism, piracy
Due to the improved anti-piracy measures the success of piracy acts on sea are expected to decrease dramatically due to the stiff nature of the sentences which will be hand to anyone caught engaging in
piracy. out of the three proposed bills the extradition bill proved to be more controversial because the consensus in international law is that a state does not have any obligation to surrender an alleged
criminal to a foreign state as one principle of sovereignty is that every state has legal authority over the people within its borders.

Such absence of international obligation and the desire of the right to demand such criminal of other countries have caused a web of extradition treaties or agreements to evolve most countries in the
world have signed bilateral extradition with other countries.

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- Mohamed Ibrahim Guled is the CEO, owner and chief editor of SomalilandPress

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