Somali Pirates Released At Sea Are Probably Dead, Russia Admits
May 12, 2010
Russia (ChattahBox) – Russian officials have said that a group of Somali pirates who were said to have been captured during a raid on a hijacked oil tanker have likely died after being released at sea.
The ridiculous explanation as to the fate of the pirates has already raised a number of eyebrows globally, though the Russia government is refusing to do a full investigation into the matter.
According to officials, the military swarmed the ship and captured eight pirates without any incident or injury. Then, stating that they had no legal ability to hold them (despite them having illegally hijacked the Moscow University in a pirate attack), they just let them go, taking away all weapons and navigation equipment and dropping them off 300 miles from shore.
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.
It is probably one of the more laughable attempts at explanations from Russia in awhile.
“I think this is linked to the fact nobody released the pirates and they were killed in the operation. Then someone had the not very intelligent idea ‘let’s pretend that they were released in the middle of the ocean hundreds of miles from the shore without any navigational aids’,” Maritime Bulletin editor Mikhail Voitenko said, pointing out what we are probably all thinking.
You may remember Mikhail Voitenko from the last high profile Russia high-seas case. He fled the country last year after being threatened by “serious people” following comments he made about a cargo ship that was believed to have been holding a secret cargo headed to Iran last year.
Look, maybe this really did happen. Maybe it is exactly the way officials said.
But if that is the case, you still have to wonder why President Dmitry Medvedev is ordering medals for the men involved in the raid, given the fact that that solution is a veritable freak show of lacking common sense. Who thinks, “Well, we have these pirates…let’s send them off into the middle of the ocean!”?
I think we all know what the more likely scenarios are here.