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28 Apr, 2010 03:03

UN Security Council supports Russian anti-pirate plan

The UN Security Council has backed a Russian proposal to create special international tribunals to try Somali pirates arrested at sea.

The plan makes it easier to bring bandits to justice, after some captured raiders have been freed by neighboring African countries because they couldn't be tried under existing laws.

The text of this draft resolution was put on the table by Russia because Moscow concerns were that coastal zone countries near Somalia, such as Kenya, have decided to stop prosecuting pirates that they catch for the simple reason that local courts and local prisons basically are packed, and they have no place and time to take care of the pirates being caught in the region.

So the goal of this particular resolution is trying to come up with a specific judicial system that will allow these pirates to be prosecuted and punished once they are caught.