11 Somali pirates sentenced to 15yrs in jail


Eleven pirates have been sentenced to 15 years in jail each in the northern Somalia breakaway region of Somaliland, according to prosecutors.

They were sentenced on charges of piracy and attempted armed kidnapping, at the local court in Berbera, Somaliland.

Prosecutors at the court released photos obtained from NATO naval forces showing the pirates when they were arrested last December.

AFP News Agency quoted Osman Ibrahim Dahir, the presiding judge at Berbera court as he saying, “The trial, which lasted a week, was finally concluded today after the evidence brought before the court showed that the eleven were involved in piracy and hijacking. The court finally announced its verdict a jail term of 15 years each”.

The pirates were arrested last December after they assaulted an international naval force ship mistaking it for a commercial ship off the Somali coast, the agency published.

The NATO forces freed pirates after disarming them but Somaliland coastguards spotted them in a coastal village near Djibouti and arrested them later.
“Some of the pirates confessed their crimes while others were still reluctant to confess, but they were sentenced and sent to jail,” Jamal Abdikarin, security officer in Berbera told AFP.

Somali pirates have made tens of millions of dollars for ransom payment after hijacked ships in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean. The pirates currently have over 11 ships and more than 280 hostages in their custody.

Pic: Somali pirates

Source: www.africanews.com