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'Al Capone' plan to beat Somali pirates

THE US has proposed an 'Al Capone' strategy of targeting 12 kingpins who control Somalian piracy, in a new drive to crush the threat within two years, a senior official has said.

Thomas Kelly, the US State Department official in charge of counter-piracy policy, said a small group of wealthy men were instrumental in the growth and spread of Somalian piracy.

Mr Kelly's campaign to prosecute them under corruption and money-laundering laws could be the coup de grace against pirates.

"That's how we got Al Capone, he went to jail because of tax fraud," said Mr Kelly. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent