Pirates Jailed

Six Somali pirates were jailed by a Somaliland court for capturing an Italian vessel in April 2008 and receiving a $3m ransom.

The Berbera regional court gave five of the pirates eight-year jail terms, while a sixth received a sentence of five years after he confessed to the crime.

The men were captured by Somaliland’s coast guard on 24 March near the coastal town of Maydh.

In March, Somaliland, a breakaway enclave in northern Somalia, opened a maximum-security prison built with United Nations funding to incarcerate convicted pirates.

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