Indonesian navy trains ex-pirates to grow seaweed

[Indonesia] The Indonesian Navy has provided training to 15 ex-pirates who once operated in the Malacca Strait to grow seaweed in Natuna and Anambas waters in Riau Islands province.

Navy base commander in Tanjung Pinang, Comm. S. Irawan, told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday that the Navy was monitoring 70 people previously arrested for piracy in the busiest maritime strait and the world, and had trained 15 of them to become seaweed farmers.

Irawan guaranteed that with the arrest of the 70 pirates, the Malacca Strait, which is also notorious for its high level of piracy, would be safe for at least the next 10 years. The Navy is also employing drones to monitor activity in the Malacca Strait.

“The 70 pirates who regularly operated in the Malacca Strait are being monitored closely by the Navy,” he said. He said the 70 had already been convicted and released but only 15 were willing to join the seaweed training.

He added that the 70 were key figures in Malacca Strait piracy.


Members of the Indonesian Navy’s Western Fleet Quick Response Team pose with alleged pirates caught in the Malacca Straits on Dec. 26. (Courtesy of Indonesian Navy/File)

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