May 4, 2009 / 6:54 PM / 9 years ago

Russia proposes international pirate court

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Monday suggested establishing an international court to try suspected pirates.

Russia last week said it had captured a pirate vessel with 29 people on board off the coast of Somalia, but it has not yet decided where to try the suspects.

“It is necessary to consider all possibilities, including, maybe, the formation of some kind of international court on this theme,” Medvedev told Prosecutor General Yury Chaika in televised remarks.

“Often states where these pirates come from do not take any actions, in short, they aid this kind of crime,” Medvedev said.

Russia is among several naval powers with warships in the area to protect one of the world’s busiest sea lanes from spate of hijackings by Somali pirates.

Reporting by Conor Humphries

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