9 Somalis given 22-year jail terms for piracy

December 17, 2010 12:37


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A court on the island nation of Seychelles has found nine Somali pirates guilty of piracy and sentenced them each to 22 years in jail.

Acting Attorney General David Esparon said Friday that the court rejected pirates' claims of innocence after hearing consistent accounts from witnesses.

Esparon said the men hijacked two vessels in March — a Seychelles fishing boat, Galate, and an Iranian ship, Al-Ahmadi.

Esparon said 15 suspected Somali pirates are still awaiting trial.

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