NORFOLK, Virginia — Five Somali men accused of attacking a US Navy ship off Africa's coast were convicted Wednesday on federal piracy charges in what the government said was the first piracy conviction in a US courtroom in nearly 200 years.
The verdict was handed down by a jury in US District Court. The five men, who wore earphones, stood silently as the verdict was read to them by an interpreter. They face mandatory life terms at a sentencing hearing set for March 14 in Norfolk.
Attorneys for the five said they didn't fully grasp the trial, the charges or the verdict.