Malaysia charges Somali pirates

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Monday February 14, 2011 - 16:29:18 in News In English by Xarunta Dhexe
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Prosecutors in Malaysia have filed charges against seven men and boys from Somalia accused of being pirates.

The Malaysian navy captured the group in the Gulf of Aden in January as they attempted to highjack a chemical tanker. Every member of the group is accused of using weapons against the armed forces from Malaysia — a charge which can result in the death sentence on the south-east Asian country. However, prosecutors have said that three of the suspects, who are 15, will not face execution due to the fact that they are too young.

The group appeared in a Malaysian court on Friday in the capital city, Kuala Lumpur, wearing orange prison overalls and handcuffed. They heard the charges that they faced but failed to enter a plea. They are accused of attempting to hijack a chemical tanker, the MT Bunga Laurel, on 20 January.

Troops from Malaysia stormed the vessel and rescued the 23 members of the crew. A Malaysian company operated the ship but a Japanese firm owned it, its crew was from the Philippines and its cargo was headed for Singapore.

Located between Yemen and Somalia, the Gulf of Aden is one of the busiest shipping routes in the world and is now a hotspot for attacks by pirates.



By: Rohosafi
For more information on Somalia, contact to Rohosafi at englishnews@live.com
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