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Pirates could face UN court proposed Russia – Is piracy sort of terrorism?

Posted by Info on 07/10/2009

RT: Russia’s Prosecutor General’s office has called on the UN to create an international court to try Somali pirates.The proposed court could be similar to the international tribunals in the Netherlands involving Yugoslavia and Rwanda.

The officials also said that 29 suspected pirates captured by a Russian destroyer in April could be tried in Russia.

Deputy General Prosecutor, Alexander Zvyagintsev, said that since Somali did not have an effective government “it is senseless” to hand pirates over to Somali authorities.

“Therefore, the entire responsibility for starting judicial proceedings rests with the state whose ship has seized these pirates.”

Somalia has been torn apart by a civil war since the 1990s and is considered incapable of taking responsibility for the piracy problem.

Pirates operating off Somalia are reportedly holding 17 ships and about 300 hostages.

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5 Responses to “Pirates could face UN court proposed Russia – Is piracy sort of terrorism?”

  1. martinscheinin said

    Is piracy a form of terrorism?

    Piracy is a traditional international crime on its own. Nowadays, there is a definition of piracy in article 101 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 1982:

    Piracy consists of any of the following acts:

    (a) any illegal acts of violence or detention, or any act of depredation, committed for private ends by the crew or the passengers of a private ship or a private aircraft, and directed:

    (i) on the high seas, against another ship or aircraft, or against persons or property on board such ship or aircraft;

    (ii) against a ship, aircraft, persons or property in a place outside the jurisdiction of any State;

    (b) any act of voluntary participation in the operation of a ship or of an aircraft with knowledge of facts making it a pirate ship or aircraft;

    (c) any act of inciting or of intentionally facilitating an act described in subparagraph (a) or (b).

    However, as piracy often entails the taking of human beings as hostages, for demanding ransom of for some other reason, such forms of piracy also fall under the 1979 Convention against the Taking of Hostages which is regarded as one of the United Nations treaties against terrorism. Hence, hostage-taking, also when done as a part of an act of piracy, is a form of terrorism.

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  3. 迷你倉 said

    Somali pirates who hijacked a Chinese bulk carrier in the Indian Ocean have threatened to execute its 25 Chinese crew members if any rescue operation is attempted.

    The De Xin Hai was carrying about 76,000 tonnes of coal from South Africa to India when it was seized by gunmen on Monday about 1,200 kilometers miles east of Somalia.

    ”We tell China not to endanger the lives of their people with any rescue operation,” Hassan, an associate of the gang, told Reuters by phone from the pirate stronghold Haradheere.

    ”If they try that, we will execute the whole crew. We tell them to change their mind regarding any rescue, otherwise they will regret it. We know what they are planning to do.”

    Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu said earlier in Beijing that his government had ”actively started rescue operations” for the ship, but declined to give details.

    Observers said they expected a diplomatic resolution.

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  4. 迷你倉 said

    British yacht couple in Somali pirate lair

    Friday, October 30, 2009

    A British couple whose Indian Ocean yachting holiday was cut short when their yacht was hijacked have joined hostages on another captured ship at the Somali pirate lair of Harardhere.

    Paul Chandler, 58, and his wife Rachel, 55, have not been heard from since last Friday when they set off a distress signal from the Lynn Rival, on its way from the Seychelles to Tanzania.

    The British Ministry of Defence confirmed that their abandoned yacht had been sighted.

    Pirates continued their rampage around the Seychelles and seized a Thailand-flagged trawler yesterday, bringing to nine the number of hijacked ships held off Somalia.

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    The European Union’s anti-piracy naval force said the Thai Union 3, believed to be crewed by Russians, came under attack from two pirate skiffs.

    The developments came as China prepared to deploy a fresh naval convoy to the Gulf of Aden to protect vessels from Somali pirates, just 10 days after a Chinese bulk carrier was hijacked.

    The flotilla setting sail today will consist of two missile frigates tasked with replacing two other Chinese frigates patrolling shipping lanes in the gulf.

    The capture of the De Xin Hai with 25 crew last week prompted Beijing to vow to rescue the vessel and crew.

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