Somali pirates face US prosecution in murder trial

Norfolk (Alshahid)-A US federal judge has refused to dismiss murder charges against three Somalis accused of pirating a yacht and killing four Americans on board.

The judge has ruled Somalia’s territorial waters extend only 12 miles from shore, allowing the U.S. to continue its prosecution against the three.

The four hostages were shot and killed in 2011 as the U.S. Navy ship closed on the kidnappers.

Defense attorneys for the men charged in the killings contended Somalia’s territorial waters extend 200 miles from shore, based on its domestic legislation. But prosecutors noted Somalia signed a treaty agreeing to a 12-mile limit.

U.S. District Judge Rebecca Beach Smith denied a motion seeking to have the murder charges dismissed. If convicted, the men could face the death penalty.

Alshahid and Agencies

  • thehassanabdi

    The four americans probably died in the hands of their fellow americans,when the marines opened fire.The Captain should be held responsible instead