THE Royal Navy has been ordered not to arrest pirates — in case they claim asylum.
Warships must simply watch if merchant vessels are attacked, it was revealed yesterday.
Meanwhile crews have been warned that fighting modern-day cut-throats could violate their HUMAN RIGHTS.
Last night seadogs were enraged by the shock decree to our proud fleet — once the scourge of buccaneers across the seven seas.
It comes amid an explosion of piracy off the East African coast, where ships have been hijacked by armed gangs and crews held for ransom.
Earlier this year Colin Darch, 70, of Appledore, North Devon, was freed with his five crew after 47 days when his ship’s owners stumped up £350,000.
Yesterday respected shipping newspaper Lloyd’s List revealed: “Foreign Office officials are understood to have advised the Royal Navy not to confront or arrest pirates in the region,
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