When the Danish navy plucked four men from the waters of the Gulf of Guinea in November, they created a problem no country seems to want: piracy suspects in custody.

So last Friday, Danish officials said they put three of those men in a dinghy, provided them with food and fuel, and sent them on their way.

US bureau chief Eric Priante Martin. Photo: Eric Priante Martin

The fourth had been in hospital in Ghana after being injured, so he was taken to Copenhagen to face charges.