20 January 2013

Somalia: Yemeni Court Sentences Somali Pirates to 10 Years in Jail

A Yemeni court sentenced three Somali pirates to 10 years in jail after finding them guilty of hijacking boats in the Gulf of Aden, AFP reported Saturday (January 19th).

The pirates were convicted of seizing a Yemeni fishing boat and a foreign yacht. The judge ordered them to pay the fishing boat owner 750,000 rials ($3,500) in compensation for his lost catch the day of the attack and the 15 days that they held him captive.

Incidents of piracy dropped to a five-year low in the Gulf of Aden in 2012 thanks to increased security measures, the International Maritime Bureau reported this week, adding that continued vigilance is necessary to prevent a resurgence of attacks.

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