11 Somali pirates jailed for 15 years

A court in Somalia handed out 15-year prison sentences to 11 pirates on Sunday, the presiding judge said.

Prosecutors at the court in Berbera, in the breakaway northern state of Somaliland, brought a number of charges against the men, including piracy and attempted armed kidnapping. They showed the court photos obtained from Nato naval forces showing the pirates when they were arrested in December.

"The trial, which lasted a week, was concluded today after the evidence brought before the court showed that the 11 were involved in piracy and hijacking," said Osman Ibrahim Dahir, the presiding judge.

 

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