Somalis face five years on piracy charges

November 1, 2010 12:00 am

, ADEN, Nov 1 – A Yemeni court sentenced 10 Somalis accused of piracy to five years in prison and acquitted three others in the southern port city of Aden on Sunday.

Judge Mohammed al-Abyad read the verdict in Aden\’s specialised criminal court, adding that the defendants, found guilty on piracy charges, had the right to appeal.

The 13 were arrested on October 12, 2009 in the Gulf of Aden.

Earlier this month, another 13 Somalis went on trial on piracy charges in the southeastern Yemeni city of Mukalla, the official Saba news agency reported.

They are accused of seizing two Yemeni boats in the Gulf of Aden to use as mother ships from which to launch attacks on merchant vessels, the chargesheet said. Saba said the prosecution has demanded the maximum penalty of death.

On May 18, a court in Sanaa sentenced six Somali pirates to death and jailed six others to 10 years each for seizing a Yemeni oil tanker and killing two cabin crew in April 2009.

A day later, an Aden court sentenced 10 Somali pirates to 10 years in jail for trying to hijack a cargo ship in Yemeni waters.


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