Wednesday, May 26, 2010
The Netherlands District Court of Rotterdam began Europe's first trial of Somali pirates this week. The five pirates are charged with "sea robbery" for hijacking a cargo ship in the Gulf of Aden last year. The ship is registered in the Netherlands Antilles. A Danish Navy frigate sunk the pirates' boat. The trial is scheduled to last 5 days and, if convicted, the pirates could face up to 12 years in prison.