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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Somali Pirates: Dutch court convicts 5 pirates

Reported here:
A Dutch court has convicted five Somalis of piracy and sentenced them to five years each in prison in the first piracy case to come to trial in Europe.

The five were convicted of attacking a freight ship in the Gulf of Aden in January 2009.

Prosecutors asked for a seven-year sentence, but the judge said he took into account the difficult conditions in Somalia that led the men to piracy.

"It is a lucky coincidence that nobody was killed or wounded" in the attack, said judge Klein Wolterink.

2 comments:

  1. English press release from the Dutch court:
    http://www.rechtspraak.nl/Gerechten/Rechtbanken/Rotterdam/Actualiteiten/Judgement+case+Somali+pirates.htm

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  2. Of course, after five years in prison, they should have enough time in country to apply for citizenship.

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