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Ship owner: Shoot pirates on sight

A 79-year-old veteran of Norway's shipping industry thinks the international community and his own country are being much too kind in their dealings with today's sea pirates off Somalia. He wants to shoot them on the spot.

Shipowner Jacob Stolt-Nielsen is recommending extreme measures to deal with sea pirates off Somalia.

Stolt-Nielsen, patriarch of the Stolt-Nielsen shipping empire, wrote a commentary in the newspaper Dagens Næringsliv on Tuesday that said pirates caught in international waters "always have been punished with death, most often executed on the spot." He thinks the practice should be taken up again.

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