Dutch court jails Somali pirates for S. African yacht attack

12th August 2011, Comments 0 comments

A Dutch court Friday sentenced two Somali pirates to six and seven years in prison for their role in abducting two South Africans off a yacht in the Seychelles last year.

"During the attack on the (yacht) Choizil, extreme violence was used," said Judge Jacco Janssen at a hearing held in the southern Dutch port city of Rotterdam."The crew thought their last hour had arrived."

Omar Ali Abdallah, 24, was sentenced to seven years behind bars, while Sadag Ali Ibrahim, 20, received to a six-year jail term for the attack on the South African yacht.

Three other men, including the pirate group's 23-year-old leader, were sentenced to between four-and-a-half and five-and-a-half years for complicity to piracy.

The couple named by South African media as Bruno Pelizzari and Debbie Calitz are still being held by Somali pirates at an unknown location, with a $10 million dollar ransom being asked for their release, Dutch prosecutors said.

© 2011 AFP

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