Spanish prosecutors seek long jail terms for Somali pirates

18th October 2010, Comments 0 comments

Spanish prosecutors on Monday called for 220 years in prison each for two Somali pirates arrested over the seizure of a Spanish fishing boat last year, judicial officials said.

The prosecutors are seeking 216 years for 36 crimes of "illegal detention" -- one for each of the fishermen held -- and four more years for "robbery with violence" in the seizure of the trawler, the officials said.

They said the National Court, the country's top criminal court, had now to set a date for the start of the trial.

The boat, the Alakrana, and its 36 crew were seized by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean on October 2, 2009.

Days later, two of the pirates were captured by a Spanish frigate which followed them after they left the Spanish trawler on a smaller boat.

The two, Abdu Willy and Raageggesey Adji Haman, were brought to Spain, where they have been held in prison pending trial.

The Alakrana and its crew were freed on November 17. The pirate group behind the seizure claimed four million dollars ransom had been paid.

© 2010 AFP

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