March 11, 2011

"If convicted of piracy, they face a mandatory life sentence."

Wall Street Journal "Fourteen men accused of seizing a yacht and killing its American crew last month in the Arabian Sea were indicted Thursday by a grand jury in Norfolk, Va., on piracy and kidnapping charges." By KEITH JOHNSON

'The men—13 Somalis and one Yemeni—were captured by U.S. Navy Seals who stormed the 58-foot Quest four days after it was hijacked while sailing from India to Oman. Navy officers negotiated for the release of the American sailors. The four were killed before the assault force could storm the ship.

'The men were indicted on one count of piracy, one count of conspiracy to commit kidnapping and one count of the use of a firearm during a crime of violence. They weren't charged with murder, but the indictment stated that "at least three of the defendants on board the Quest intentionally shot and killed" the U.S. citizens.'

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