Russia says pirates who held tanker are freed

MOSCOW – The pirates seized by a Russian warship off the coast of Somalia have been released because of "imperfections" in international law, the Defense Ministry said Friday, a claim that sparked skepticism — and even suspicion the pirates might have been killed.
Authorities initially said the pirates would be brought to Russia to face criminal charges for hijacking a Russian oil tanker. But Defense Ministry spokesman Col. Alexei Kuznetsov told The Associated Press on Friday that the pirates had been released.
Kuznetsov declined to elaborate on the purported legal flaws that prompted the release and it was unclear how the seizure of the tanker might be legally different from last year's alleged hijacking of the Russian-crewed freighter Arctic Sea.

"Why should we feed some pirates?" he asked. He did not give specifics of the pirates' release, but the official news agency ITAR-Tass quoted a ministry source as saying they were "sent home," unarmed and without navigational devices, in the small boats they had used to approach the tanker.

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The pirates hijacked the wrong ship. Don't mess with Mama Bear! I suspect the Russians sent the pirates to Davey Jones Locker... No way those dudes would just set them free.

(Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday had hinted at potential tough punishment for the pirates, saying "perhaps we should get back to the idea of establishing an international court and other legal tools" to prosecute pirates. "Until then, we'll have to do what our forefathers did when they met the pirates," he said.)
Our forefathers used to hang pirates, not turn them loose...

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The pirates hijacked the wrong ship. Don't mess with Mama Bear! I suspect the Russians sent the pirates to Davey Jones Locker... No way those dudes would just set them free.

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Earlier news reports indicate that Russia was able to take military action because the entire crew was secure inside of a "safe room" which was stocked with food, water and communications equipment. Because the door couldn't be opened from the outside, the pirates couldn't get to them. There was no possibility of hostages or reprisal killings.

As for releasing the pirates which were captured, I think we should take the Russian Defense Ministry at their word when they said the pirates were released. Killing prisoners without trial, even pirates, tends to be frowned on by the international community.

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Medvedev's statement is interesting because it does hint that the imprisoned pirates were killed. Its at odds with the Defense Ministry's statement which makes me wonder if one of them isn't meant for political consumption.

But Medvedev is right. The international community does need to revise its laws dealing with piracy. Currently its too difficult to prosecute them and no one wants to imprison them for years on end. Kenya has been saddled with holding more than 100 pirates on behalf of the developed countries of the world, but they are refusing to take more.
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As I understand it, yeah, they 'released' them ...

in an inflatable boat, 500 miles from shore.
It only took them an hour to 'disappear'.

Pirates 'have all died,' Russia says, after decrying 'imperfections' in international law

MOSCOW, Russia — Following high level complaints about "imperfections" in international law, Russia announced Tuesday that captured Somali pirates "have all died." A Russian official claimed that 10 pirates seized by Russian special forces aboard an oil tanker last week were quickly freed but then died on their way back to the Somali coast.
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The official told Russian news agencies the pirates' boat disappeared from Russian radar about an hour after their release.

"They could not reach the coast and, apparently, have all died," the official said.

Russian sailors release Somali pirates - Defense Ministry source

The source added that after the pirates had been disarmed and their navigation equipment removed, they were "put into an inflatable boat" and pushed off into the sea.

Gotta love the Russians!

Am I the only one who feels sad for the pirates? Who knows what their circumstances were? Maybe they were struggling to feed their families, maybe some were forced into piracy.

In the worst case scenario, they wanted loot. Civilized societies do not punish thieves with death.

There are many stories of inhuman behavior in the Russian armed forces (toward each other as well by the way), and this is just one of them.

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