2 Somali pirates get life in prison; 3rd gets 33 years

2016-11-09 08:32
An armed Somali pirate. (File, AFP)

An armed Somali pirate. (File, AFP)

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Norfolf - Two Somali pirates have been sentenced to life in prison, and a third has received 33 years because he co-operated with prosecutors in a separate piracy case.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that US District Judge Raymond Jackson issued the life sentences on Monday after a federal appeals court in Virginia ruled last year that he erred when he sentenced the five men convicted in the case to terms ranging from 30 to 42½ years.

In 2010, pirates attacked a US Navy ship that they mistook for a cargo vessel in the Gulf of Aden. Sailors fired back, killing one pirate. The rest were captured.


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