Piracy case against 5 Somalis goes to jury in Virginia

The men are accused of participating in an attack on a U.S. Navy ship off the African coast


Steve Szkotak
November 23, 2010 5:17AM (UTC)

The piracy case against five Somali men accused in an attack on a U.S. Navy ship off the African coast is headed to jurors in Virginia.

A U.S. District Court jury on Monday heard 4 1/2 hours of closing arguments. Judge Mark S. Davis told jurors to return Tuesday morning to begin their deliberations.

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Attorneys for the five argued that the defendants were shark fishermen who were captured by pirates and violently forced into launching the April 1 attack on the USS Nicholas.

Prosecutors scoffed at the defense arguments and described the assault on the Navy frigate as a vicious and armed attack on American sailors.


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