Originally Posted by Istioploos
I am upset also. I am really against use of disproportionate force, or punish people only because their bad living conditions, or the deeds of their neighbours, but hey these actual guys have been actual pirates. I think there should be a rule that there is an appointed jury (flag state of the capturing vessel, or whatever) which should rule in these cases.
This sends a very bad message: you can be a pirate and get away with it.
As a side note everyone would have been happier if these pirate guys would sit some time in a Dutch jail. For them it surely would be a sudden rise of living standards, and maybe some journalist would be interested enough to raise some interest to the situation.
If I think about it, maybe putting them back to their vessel was the worst case scenario for them. Every other solution would save them from endangering their life.