By lex, on April 25th, 2010
After holding a number of Somali pirates captured when they fired on US Navy warships, the federal has decided to give the men their day in court:**
Eleven suspected pirates from Somalia have been brought to the United States to face piracy and other charges for attacks on two U.S. Navy ships off the coast of Africa, the Justice Department said on Friday.
It said the suspects were scheduled to appear on Friday in federal court in Norfolk, Virginia. The 11 men had been held on U.S. ships for weeks off Somalia’s coast as U.S. officials decided what to do with them.
Five defendants were captured after the March 31 attack in which the Navy frigate, the USS Nicholas, exchanged fire with a suspected pirate vessel in the Indian Ocean west of the Seychelles, sinking a skiff and confiscating its mother ship.
Two of the accused pirates opened fire at night on what they believed to be a merchant ship, but it actually was the Navy vessel, according to U.S. court documents filed in the case.
In the other incident, six defendants were charged with the April 10 attack on another Navy vessel, the USS Ashland, in the Gulf of Aden. They allegedly opened fire on the vessel with small arms from their boat…
If convicted of piracy, the suspects face a mandatory sentence of life in prison, a Justice Department spokesman said.
Out of the hell hole that is Somalia, into Club Fed. Millions to try them, and – over the course of the next 50 years or so – another $13 million or so to keep them in three hots and a cot behind bars, dental and medical included – if they’re convicted.
Ma Deuce would have been cheaper.
** 09-30-2018 Original link gone; replacement found – Ed.