Skip to comments.Freed Somali pirates 'probably died' - Russian source
Posted on 05/11/2010 4:45:38 PM PDT by traumer
Ten suspected Somali pirates captured by the Russian navy last week may have perished after their release, a defence source in Moscow has told reporters.
Marines seized them during a dramatic operation to free a hijacked Russian oil tanker far from shore, killing an 11th suspect in the gun battle.
They were released in an inflatable boat without navigational equipment.
Within an hour, contact was lost with the boat's radio beacon, the defence source said.
"It seems that they all died," the unnamed source was quoted as saying by Russia's Interfax news agency.
Russia initially said the 10 pirates would be taken to Moscow to face criminal charges over the hijacking, but they were released instead because there were not sufficient legal grounds to detain them, the defence ministry in Moscow said.
The UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, to which Russia is a signatory, gives sovereign nations the right to seize and prosecute pirates.
Western officials were very surprised when the Russian authorities dropped plans to put the pirates on trial in Moscow, the BBC's Richard Galpin reports from Moscow.
Now there is even more surprise the pirates were set adrift in the Indian Ocean to make their own way home, he adds.
The tanker, the Moscow University, was seized on 5 May some 350km (190 nautical miles) off the Yemeni island of Socotra as it sailed for China, carrying crude oil worth $50m (£33m).
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Good to hear.
Gee no crime here move along LOL!
What? No Miranda rights ??
Well...there will be no more RUSSIAN Ships attacked by Somali Pirates! Word will spread. They’ll be looking for American ships.
Had that been the US Navy, Congress would be charging the entire ship with murder and holding hearings.
Yeah, my guess is also that they’re all dead.
More likely than not.
Can’t know for sure.
Did you watch Glenn Beck today? He brought up a good point. The New York bomber was a citizen. AG Holder wants to stop reading the Maranda rights if a person is “suspected” of being a terrorist. That would mean you and me if we were “suspected” and could be held in jail forever if they wanted.
Yeah; they AT LEAST should have each taken a Lawyer on the raft with them !
This surely sends a message....
And the best part about it is that the Russians, to their credit, do not care in the least.
Guess the Somali pirates will think twice before trying to take a Russian ship anytime soon. Wish the US and Britain had the same policies.
That is the way it is supposed to be done, no mercy to pirates.
Putin and Bush had a lot in common, in that they are both “manly” men. Muslim terrorists feared both men.
But they regard the current occupant of the WH as a joke.
“It seems that they all died,” the unnamed source was quoted as saying by Russia’s Interfax news agency.
Russians are some cold blooded boys.
“Had that been the US Navy, Congress would be charging the entire ship with murder and holding hearings.”
What a waste of a perfectly good raft.
They caught the flu?
I know for a fact that people often die when they are riddled with bullets........
LOL! Yeah, they probably died alright!
If the Miranda warning isn't read, all it means is that the suspect's statements cannot be used against him in court.
It does not affect any other rights of the suspect, such as that to a speedy trial.
Ummmmmmm. We lost track of them an hour later when the hidden explosive on board the raft mysteriously exploded.
Poor unfortunate souls.
I’m good with it.
I’ll guarantee you the Russians were advised to put a few holes in that rubber craft and make sure it is sea worthy lol.
When we start fighting terrorists like this...we’ll win.
Besides that, the boat probably didn't float too long after 50 rounds pierced the hull. Got to give it to the russians. They know how to deal with such problems.
It was an acute case to boot.
came on so quickly
What good is a happy ending if no one knows about it?
I don’t lie awake at night worrying about the health, safety, and general life satisfaction among terrorists and pirates......
But I do wonder what really happened. Ordinarily the Russians do like to capture and show-trial those who annoy them. They could also have said that the pirates fired on the Russian baording team and that the boarding team ‘had’ to defend themselves. It would suit Russian machismo to say that they ‘took out the trash’ so I am puzzled to hear them say that they ‘dropped off the trash,’ instead.
SO, did their show trial candidates threatened to summon other terrorists to their defense? Did the show pony-potential pirates say that they would reveal information that the Russians don’t want known?
bwah hahahahaha. Sometimes I really really admire those commies.
Perhaps pirates will realize this condition is contagious if you board Russian ships.
Perished from AK-47 induced Death! Wooohoo for the Ruskies.
Well, maybe they DID put them in an inflatable raft but surely the AK-47 fire would have punctured the raft...in fact I don’t think the Russians said they actualy inflated the raft first, they just said that the raft COULD be inflated...
And contagious too ;-)
Tenses of Russian verbs can be tricky. Perhaps we need to review the original transcript. It could quite possibly say “We wrapped them in an inflatable raft and lost contact when it hit 50 fathoms.”
Maybe dead, maybe just swimming underwater for an extended period.
Comments 39 and 40 gave me a much needed laugh (thanks!) but may have startled the ground squirrel that has been stalking me...
I’m guessing that it was an inflatable boat with a slow leak?
LOL Yep inflatable boats don’t go too far after they’ve been shot!
Here are the 11 pirates before they were set free. One appears to be dead.
Perhaps those western officials should compare the estimated cost of those trials to the cost of a few bullets through the raft.
A nation must prioritize its expenditures.
"He's not dead, he's resting."
Maybe a Russian sub just happened to blow ballast directly beneath them.