Tags: US | Prosecuting | Pirates

Accused Somali Pirates Headed for US Trial

Saturday, 06 Nov 2010 02:36 PM

 

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Five Somali men accused of firing assault rifles at a Navy ship off the coast of Africa are set to face the first U.S. piracy trial in more than 100 years.

The suspected pirates are accused of shooting at the USS Nicholas in an attempt to plunder what they thought was a merchant ship. Instead, prosecutors say the men fired on a 453-foot ship patrolling the pirate-infested waters. The USS Nicholas shot back, forcing the men to flee.

The men, along with other suspected pirates, were eventually captured and brought back to the U.S. The federal trial will begin Tuesday and is expected to last about a month.

Defense attorneys say there was no evidence the men attempted to take control of the Navy frigate with a crew of 100 sailors.

© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Landslide Splits Home in Wyoming

Saturday, 19 Apr 2014 08:23 AM

A sudden lurch in a creeping landslide in the northwest Wyoming resort town of Jackson split a house in two and forced w . . .

Obama: Easter a Time to Reflect on Hope, Renewal

Saturday, 19 Apr 2014 07:13 AM

President Barack Obama is encouraging Americans to draw strength and inspiration from the Easter and Passover holidays.I . . .

Atheist Sues After New Jersey Rejects License Plate

Friday, 18 Apr 2014 22:31 PM

Shannon Moran, of Maurice River Township has filed a lawsuit against the state Motor Vehicle Commission, saying it viola . . .

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved