Freed Somali pirates 'probably died'
I am not usually one to protest the harsh treatment of pirates at the hands of the international naval forces; they are, after all, criminals. But leaving ten men adrift in an inflatable boat in the middle of the Indian Ocean, without navigational equipment, is murder, plain and simple.
Especially disingenuous is the Russian Defence Ministry's claim that, after capturing the ten pirates following a firefight on the deck of an oil tanker, that "there were not sufficient grounds to detain them." Both the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, as well as the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against the Safety of Maritime Navigation, make it perfectly clear that piracy is a crime of universal jurisdiction, with any arresting nation having the right to prosecute the offenders.
Murder, however, was a much cheaper option.