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Monday, March 14, 2011

5 Somali pirates Jailed 80 Years

WASHINGTON, - Courts in the United States on Monday (3/14/2011), five Somali pirates sentenced to life imprisonment plus 80 years.

They proved to attack U.S. naval ship stationed off the coast of east Africa to combat piracy in the past year. After hearing four hours, five men were sentenced to life imprisonment plus 80 years, said Peter Carr, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office in Virginia.

Somali people were prosecuted by a court in Virginia on charges of piracy, maritime attack to plunder ships and an armed attack in April 2010 on board the USS Nichols.

Piracy could be subject to life imprisonment in the U.S., while the firearms cases under sentence of 30 years to life.

The lawyer disputed the charges of piracy against them, and insist that those people are fishermen who were forced to take part in an attack on the USS Nichols.

Their appeal was rejected by a U.S. federal judge last week. The sentence was imposed a few days after 13 other people of Somalia and a Yemeni prosecuted for their role in piracy against cruise ships carrying four U.S. citizens off the coast of Somalia last month.

At least three of the suspects in the case was accused of killing a retired American couple and two of their colleagues aboard the S / V Quest. They are the people who died in the first U.S. hijacking attacks on the high sea waves in recent years.

Rampant piracy off the coast of Somalia, which disrupt the shipping routes between Europe and Asia, making the crew and the ship in danger and encourage the cost of insurance for the shipping companies.

The UN warned that Somalia pirates have become increasingly daring and remain ahead of an international naval forces tried to end piracy in the region's waters.

In 2009, Somali pirates have attacked more than 130 merchant ships off the coast of Somalia, an increase of more than 200 percent from 2007, according to the Piracy Reporting Centre of the International Maritime Bureau in Kuala Lumpur.

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