US jury convicts Somalis as pirates in Navy attack

November 24, 2010 23:35

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.

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