The Seychelles Government has agreed to introduce tough new laws against pirates, particularly from Somalia, who are threatening its tourism and fishing industries.

The plan includes building special courts and a maximum security prison to combat the growing problem of piracy in the region.

A £320,000 jail capable of holding up to 40 pirates is planned for construction by the end of this year, which would make the Seychelles, along with Kenya, the main centre for the prosecution and detention of pirates in East Africa.

The new laws will also include conspiracy to commit piracy.

The Seychelles is an archipelago of over 115 islands, out of which only ten are inhabited.