Sunday, September 27, 2009

The Arctic Sea returns

From Agence France Presse on the 18th of September:

Russia on Friday unloaded evidence from the Arctic Sea ship onto a Russian warship, as mystery still surrounded the identity of its cargo one month after it was recovered from alleged pirates.

“The evidence will be delivered to a Russian port, where the warship Ladny and its escorting vessels will dock,” the investigative committee said in a statement posted on its website.

“It includes ammunition used by the suspected pirates to capture the ship and the speedboat from which they boarded it. The boat was camouflaged on board the Arctic Sea under a wood frame and canvas,” it said.

Now, I’m not quite sure why the evidence couldn’t have been put in one of the three military transport aircraft that were needed to bring the 20-odd crew members and alleged hijackers from the Cape Verde Islands to Russia earlier this month.  Initial reports of the ’speedboat’ were that it was a Zodiac-type boat, which shouldn’t present any obstacles from being muscled onto an IL-76.  Those reports certainly could be wrong though (this story is riddled with holes so relying on any piece of the story is fraught with all sorts of risks).

The Arctic Sea returns

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