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International Piracy Court?

A Russian military vessel captured about twenty nine pirates and freed some prisoners and now face the confusing issue of what to do with the pirates. The Russian ship is currently holding the pirates, but has yet to determine what is the best course of action. President Dimity Medvedev is considering the possibility of calling for creation of an International Court for Pirates that would place these men on trial. At present, the only alternative is to take the pirates back to one’s nation where the confusing process of a trial for men who are most probably not conversant with the judicial process would raise issues of concern.

The idea of an International Court for Pirates would finally resolve the issue of jurisdiction which currently is completely uncertain. It would lend itself to having Somali lawyers present to ensure the pirates had access to legal assistance. It makes some sense.