Wednesday, November 24, 2010

DTN News - BREAKING NEWS: Five Somali Pirates Convicted Of Attacking US Naval ship

DTN News - BREAKING NEWS: Five Somali Pirates Convicted Of Attacking US Naval ship
Source: DTN News - - This article compiled by Roger Smith from reliable sources By staff writers From: NewsCore
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - November 24, 2010: A US federal jury in Norfolk, Virginia, today convicted five Somali men of attacking a US Naval ship - in what is believed to be the first time a jury has convicted anyone of piracy since 1820.

The men were captured on April 1 after they decided to target the USS Nicholas, believing it was a merchant ship, as the vessel was operating west of the Seychelles islands in the Indian Ocean. The USS Nicholas is an Oliver Hazard Perry class frigate homeported in Norfolk, according to

the Justice Department.

Three of the men - Mohammed Modin Hasan, Gabul Abdullahi Ali and Abdi Wali Dire - used a small vessel to launch the attack, firing assault weapons and a rocket propelled grenade.

The three men - along with Abdi Mohammed Gurewardher and Abdi Mohammed Umar, who were aboard a larger supply vessel - were detained by the sailors aboard the USS Nicholas and later brought to the US.

The charges levelled against the men included piracy, attack to plunder a vessel and assault with a dangerous weapon in the special maritime jurisdiction.

The men face a mandatory sentence of life in prison when they are sentenced March 14, 2011.

"Today marks the first conviction of piracy in more than 190 years," US lawyer Neil MacBride said in a statement after the men were convicted.

"Modern-day pirates not only threaten human lives but also disrupt international commerce by extorting hundreds of millions of dollars in ransom payments.

"Today's conviction demonstrates that armed attacks on US-flagged vessels are crimes against the international community and that pirates will face severe consequences in US courts."

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