May 12, 2010
Written by olivia · Filed Under World
5 Responses to “Somali Pirates Released At Sea Are Probably Dead, Russia Admits”
- So, the story is that they caught them, then decided they would drop them in the middle of the ocean not thinking that they would actually die at sea without navigation equipment. –
Er, I rather suspect that the Russians *were* in fact thinking that the pirates would actually die at sea without navigation equipment and, more importantly, their radio with which to call for the mother ship that originally brought them out there…
George – The sarcastic tone of the statement was implied, but I guess I didn’t imply it heavily enough. Some further editing may be in order…My point was that the story is obviously bogus. If they truly did release them, which I doubt very much happened, I am sure they meant for them to die.
Russia’s current criminal laws have no anti-piracy articles. Charging the captured pirates under some other article and putting them on trial in Moscow would make it too easy for any half-competent defense attorney to get the off the hook. Russia acted in accordance with the most recent international anti-piracy agreement it signed – some time during Alexander II’s rule – that is to release the pirates who’s nationality cannot be established in such a way that they cannot reach land. An execution of sorts, but not really.
So the pirates are “probably” dead. Good. It would be better if they were positively, undeniably, and reliably dead.
Now THAT is how to deal with the pirate problem, and any other meddlesome, troublesome little puny country.
Good job, Russkies.
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