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Thursday, May 03, 2012

Spain court sentenced Somali pirates to 439 years
Katherine Bacher at 12:00 AM ET

On May 3, 2011, the Spanish National Court sentenced two Somali pirates to 439 years in prison each for their involvement in the 2009 highjacking of a Spanish fishing boat, Alakran, off the coast of Somalia. Cabdiweli Cabdullahi and Raageggesey Hassan Aji were apprehended when they sailed away from the Alakran and were brought to Madrid for trial. Their sentence stemmed from illegally detaining 36 of the boat's crew members and 11 years for each count of piracy. However, court officials have indicated that the maximum time each will serve will likely not exceed 30 years. Other countries and organizations, including the US, Germany, the Netherlands, and the UN have also initiated proceedings against Somali pirates as well in recent years.

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