Russian Court Arrests Suspected Ship Hijackers

Russian news agencies say a Moscow court has formally arrested eight people suspected of hijacking a freighter at the center of a monthlong high-seas mystery.

The Arctic Sea left Finland on July 21. Nearly two weeks after it was to have docked in Algeria it was found thousands of miles (kilometers) away near West Africa.

Russia mounted a rescue operation to retrieve the 15 Russian crew members.

The crew and suspects were flown to Moscow and were questioned
Thursday.

Interfax and RIA Novosti say the suspects were formally arrested on Friday by Basmanny District Court, though no charges have yet been filed.


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