Somali Pirate Life Sentence
August 23, 2011 by staff
Somali Pirate Life Sentence, A U.S. court delivered on Monday to life imprisonment to two Somali men in an attack that killed four kidnapped Americans in a yacht with the authorities and promised to send a strong message against piracy.
Those sentenced to life imprisonment Ali Abdi Mohamed, 30, and Abdirahman Yusuf Burhan, 31, were first delivered by the death in February. Both pleaded guilty, waiting sentencing 12 men, three of them facing the death penalty.
U.S. prosecutors pledged that the case could serve as a lesson to pirates in Somalia, have created a virtual industry based on the kidnapping and ransom in the waters next to its strategic land without law.
The phrases “will be heard throughout the hacker community – and should send a clear message – that the days of rampant armed robbery and extortion in the sea are more,” said Janice Fedarcyk, deputy director in charge of the Federal Office of New Research in New York field office.
“The plundering of the pirates only made a living behind bars,” he said in a statement announcing the sentences delivered by a federal judge in the important naval station in Norfolk, Virginia.
Jean and Adam Scott, Christian missionaries of California, sailing his yacht Quest worldwide and plans to take in the sites of India to Crete when they were kidnapped off the coast of Oman.
The U.S. Navy conducted days of negotiations and brought two pirates on board the USS Sterett to negotiate. According to the Navy, the pirates suddenly launched a rocket-propelled grenade, and as U.S. forces went to the hijacked ship, shot Adams and his companions, Bob and Phyllis Riggle Macay Seattle.
They became the first Americans to die in the series of kidnappings in recent years in the Somali coast. Most incidents have been resolved through the payment of a ransom, but sometimes after long negotiations.
Four Somali pirates also died in combat, including hand-to-hand fighting with knives. U.S. forces took 15 pirates and brought to the United States, including a child who has not been charged because of his age.
As the two men convicted on Monday, nine of the pirates have pleaded guilty to charges of piracy, which carries a mandatory life sentence.
The three faces the death penalty – those between 20 and 29 years – are being tried separately on allegations including murder.
While criticizing the pirates, some of the United States has called for clemency to the young people now spend their lives in prison in a country where probably never come close to the feet of passage.
Dahir Gabriel, executive director of the Minneapolis-based Center for Defense of justice Somalia, said the problem of piracy be considered in a broader context that includes the long civil war in Somalia and illegal fishing by foreign vessels.
“I’m totally against piracy in Somalia and the pirates want to be fought, but at the same time we must understand the circumstances of piracy in Somalia and deal with it accordingly,” he said.
Somalia has lacked a functioning government for two decades. The United Nations last month declared a famine in Somalia, said that 3.7 million people are in need of food assistance.
In February, a U.S. court in New York in February sentenced teenage Somali pirates nearly 34 years in prison, rejecting the appeal for leniency because of his age.
U.S. forces had captured the young pirate Abdukhadir Abduwali Muse, in a deal that ended five days of the hostage taking of a U.S. cargo ship.
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