Somali pirates jailed in Rotterdam

12th August 2011, Comments 0 comments

A court in the Dutch port city of Rotterdam has sentenced five Somali pirates to jail terms ranging from 4.5 to 7 years.

The men were arrested in November 2010 by a Dutch Navy patrol in the Gulf of Aden. They had been involved in hijacking the South African yacht off the Tanzanian coast.

Two members of the yacht's crew, couple from Durban, are still missing and may be being held somewhere in Somalia. A Dutch attempt to extradite the pirates to South Africa failed because authorities there did not want to prosecute them. 

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