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Ten Somali pirates sentenced to life imprisonment

Thursday, 03 November 2011 | 15:00

The Appeal Court in Muscat has sent ten Somali pirates to prison for life imprisonment while handing down three-year jail to three others in a separate case,

according to a press release by the Public Prosecution on Tuesday.
The ten Somali pirates were captured when the Omani authorities foiled their attempt to pirate a vessel waiting just outside the Raysut Port in south for a berth.
After being alerted, the Coast Guards with the help of Roayl navy of Oman and royal Air Force of Oman, swooped on the pirates and captured them without firing a single shot.
In another incident a wooden boat carrying livestock sent SOS when pirates boarded their ship to use it to attack another ship.
The wooden boat had come from Djibouti and was heading towards Raysut Port. Three pirates, who were on board the wooden boat, were captured by the Coast Guard and referred to the Public Prosecution for legal action.
The pirates were charged with taking over the ship, felony and criminalised piracy. The pirates were also charged with kidnapping victims by force and threatening to kill them.
Source: Gulf News

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