Russian navy holding eight ‘pirates’ who hijacked the cargo ship Arctic Sea

August 18, 2009

Russia (ChattahBox) — Yesterday Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov announced that they had found the missing cargo vessel near the Cape Verde islands and the 15-member crew had been taken on board a Russian navy vesselin good condition to be debriefed.

“Debriefing is under way to clarify all aspects of the disappearance and loss of signal from this vessel,” Serdyukov said yesterday.

What we didn’t know at the time was eight alleged ‘pirates’ of Russian, Latvian and Estonian nationality were also still on the ship and have been arrested for the hijacking of the cargo ship, known as the Arctic Sea in Swedish waters.

Serdyukov today explained (via the Telegraph): “These people, after claiming that their boat was not working, boarded the Arctic Sea and using the threat of arms, demanded that the crew follow all of their orders without condition.  The Arctic Sea was following a route toward the African continent with all communications and navigation equipment shut down, as ordered by the hijackers,” Serdyukov said.

The missing cargo freighter missing for more than two weeks was found by a Russian warship off the coast of the Cape Verde islands west Africa on Monday.   Mr. Serdyukov said that the operation to rescue the crew was accomplished without a shot being fired. Carrying timber reportedly worth $1.8m, the ship named the ‘Arctic Sea’ sailed from Finland and had been scheduled to dock in the Algerian port of Bejaia on 4 August. Finnish police had reportedly gotten a ransom demand just two days ago for the missing Russian-manned cargo vessel, sent to the ship’s Finnish owners, Finland’s the National Bureau of Investigation said.


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