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Medvedev calls for international piracy court

Medvedev calls for international piracy court

President Dmitry Medvedev on Monday called for the possible creation of an international piracy court, Russian news agencies reported.
Russia has not decided what to do with several suspected Somali pirates seized by the crew of a Russian destroyer last week in the Gulf of Aden.
Medvedev told Prosecutor General Yuri Chaika to explore ways to hold suspected pirates accountable.
"We have to consider all options, including the creation of an international court," Medvedev said, according to state-run RIA-Novosti.
The navy said last week that Russian forces aboard the Admiral Panteleyev, which has been on patrolling the waters off Somalia as part of an anti-piracy effort, seized a vessel with 29 suspected pirates aboard on April 28. Russian officials later said some of those aboard were Iranian and Pakistani fishermen.
The Iranian Embassy in Moscow said Monday that eight Iranians had been freed from the destroyer. They had been captives of the pirates for almost three months, the Embassy said in a statement.
The Russian navy confirmed the Iranians had been freed and said Russian authorities were still considering how to deal with the suspected pirates, but declined further comment.
The Pakistani Embassy could not immediately be reached for comment.


Updated : 2021-07-25 12:22 GMT+08:00