A Precedent or a Farce? Court Faces Daunting Hurdles in Hamburg Pirate Trial

A Hamburg court is trying to make sense of a pirate attack off the coast of Somalia last April. But even as many hope the trial will produce a precedent for Europe's approach to high seas crime, the court can't even figure out how old the suspects are. The challenges to justice are immense.
Von SPIEGEL ONLINE Staff
Piracy off the coast of Somalia has become a difficult problem for a court in Hamburg.

Piracy off the coast of Somalia has become a difficult problem for a court in Hamburg.

Foto: MOHAMED DAHIR/ AFP
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