(NORFOLK, Va.) -- In the first piracy trial in the U.S. since 1820, five Somali pirates were convicted by a federal jury in Virginia Wednesday of acts of piracy against the USS Nicholas.
“Today marks the first jury conviction of piracy in more than 190 years,” said U.S. Attorney MacBride. “Today’s conviction demonstrates that armed attacks on U.S.-flagged vessels are crimes against the international community and that pirates will face severe consequences in U.S. courts.”
The men were taken into U.S. custody in April after a failed piracy attempt against the U.S. warship, which they had mistaken as a merchant vessel, off the Horn of Africa.
Mohammed Modin Hasan, Gabul Abdullahi Ali, Abdi Wali Dire, Abdi Mohammed Gurewardher and Abdi Mohammed Umar all face a mandatory life sentence.
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