Dutch court jails pirates for SA yacht attack

2011-08-12 20:49

Rotterdam - A Dutch court on Friday sentenced two Somali pirates to six and seven years in prison for their role in abducting two South Africans off a yacht in the Seychelles last year.

"During the attack on the [yacht] Choizil, extreme violence was used," said Judge Jacco Janssen at a hearing held in the southern Dutch port city of Rotterdam.

"The crew thought their last hour had arrived."

Omar Ali Abdallah, 24, was sentenced to seven years behind bars, while Sadag Ali Ibrahim, 20, received to a six-year jail term for the attack on the South African yacht.

Three other men, including the pirate group's 23-year-old leader, were sentenced to between four-and-a-half and five-and-a-half years for complicity to piracy.

The couple named by media as Bruno Pelizzari and Debbie Calitz are still being held by Somali pirates at an unknown location, with a $10m ransom being asked for their release, Dutch prosecutors said.

  • Ian - 2011-08-12 21:18

    put the death penalty on the table, the cowards will chirp very quickly

  • csread - 2011-08-12 21:42

    Apparently according to Time mag the pirates are small guys working for others. Thus they won't know where the crew are. They just bring ships back get a small payment and wait for further orders

      RFreeThinker - 2011-08-13 09:01

      I'm sure it was bad parenting, poor economic situation and peer pressure that made these pirates do this. Perhaps the Dutch are going overboard (pardon the pun) with this sentence, these people should instead be given counseling and a chance to start life anew in Amsterdam. What were the Dutch thinking in putting them in prison among the criminals?

      StBad - 2011-08-13 10:00

      @RFreeThinker: I think this is a bit more serious than 'bad parenting'... in fact, I wonder if they are the type of people who even know who their parents are?

  • Renier Lubbe - 2011-08-12 21:44

    Piracy should be considered as an act of war against civilians be punishable by death only!!!

  • OZNOB - 2011-08-12 22:18

    put them in the water 100 miles out ;give them a couple of cuts on the legs and arms and tell them to swim for it

  • GT - 2011-08-12 22:19

    A dutch prison is harldy a punishment for a Somali pirate. They will not want to leave!

      Settler - 2011-08-12 22:40

      I want to be a pirate if I can go to a Dutch prison.

  • Nobody - 2011-08-13 04:52

    Don't these parasites qualify for dutch citizenship after "living" there for 5 years plus?

  • AgentK.O.O.S - 2011-08-13 08:24

    So after kidnapping these people using "extreme violence" these guys will be well fed and cared for and will serve a maximum of four years .By that time Pelizzari and Calitz may have been killed of course but that will be irrelevant as these two will be free to go regardless: they served their time...If the captive couple is set free they may well have certain health conditions brought on by captivity which they will have to pay for themselves. (Their families will be broke after paying the ransom eventually, and dont be surprised if the negotiators have healthy Kenian bank accounts by the way.)Meanwhile idiots Bono and Bob Geldoff would have convinced millions of Dutch and others to provide millions of dollars of private aid on top of government contributions to Somalia for their latest famine. Sleep well, judge Janssen.

      OZNOB - 2011-10-03 23:52

      davy crockett has special luxury cells available in his locker all the dutch have to do is drop them off somewhere in the atlantic with a new pair of concrete shoes

  • John - 2011-08-13 10:43

    This sentence is too light and will not deter any pirate, Six years against 10 million USD. Who would be scared of such a jail sentence? Pirates have nothing to lose and the odds of making a fortune, outweigh being caught. Life sentences need to be a minimum and confiscation of all assets. Further investigation should be done to bring the masterminds and financiers to book.

      nowinlondon - 2011-08-13 14:03

      I agree, but on the other hand, in South Africa the file would have been lost and they would not have been given any sentence

  • Percy Higgins - 2011-08-13 14:11

    This is a shockingly light sentence. I wonder what bite the Somalis have on Judge Jacco Janssen?

  • Piet Pompies - 2011-08-13 15:23

    FreeThinker, tell me honestly, ARE YOU SOME SORT OF A DICKHEAD......PLEASEEEEEEEE WAKE UP. Actually, if you have a car, find a piece of hosepipe, take your pathetic little hard-done-by hijackers with you, & have a really long sleep together...puke.

  • gatvol4corru - 2011-08-13 15:55

    Finally ! Justice being done! well done,at least the Dutch has balls! Chop the hand off,feed the bastards to the sharks

  • Samaaw - 2011-08-13 20:24

    Solution to this issue is to wipe them out on land...burn their villages and clean it up..the world is far too liberal !

  • ZA_R - 2011-08-13 23:11

    news24, u guyz r pathetic, stop removing my comments...a@@holes

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