Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Dutch Court Begins First Piracy Trial

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.


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