Somali man indicted in US as alleged pirate leader

On April 13, 2011, suspected Somali pirate leader Mohammad Saaili Shibin appeared for a detention hearing in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. It marked the first time that a suspected Somali pirate leader had been successfully captured and brought before a US court for prosecution. Shibin was captured by the FBI and military earlier in April 2011 and sent to the US to face criminal charges in connection with negotiating ransom payments for American citizens who were kidnapped in February 2011 when their yacht was hijacked near Oman. All four of the American hostages captured during the raid were subsequently killed. On April 27, 2011, Shibin pleaded not guilty to piracy, kidnapping and weapons charges. Though Shibin denied guilt in the case, he acknowledged being paid $30,000 for his participation in negotiating the return of a German vessel that was taken hostage by the pirates.

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