It seems that Germany is trying a bunch of Somali pirates though, sadly, all they might be sentenced to is a few years in prison.
Anja Shortland, who studies piracy at the German Institute for Economic Research said that for a Somali pirate to be tried in the West "might be the ultimate prize rather than a deterrent."I am not sure about this suggestion that this is the first pirate trial in Germany for 400 years. Back then there was no Germany though, obviously, there was an Ottoman Empire.
"Spending three, five, even seven years in a European or American jail followed by political asylum - you can't do much better as a Somali man," she said.