A Mumbai court yesterday sentenced 15 Somalis to seven years’ imprisonment for piracy acts carried out in the Indian-governed part of the Arabian Sea.
The court also issued the pirates with a fine, which – if unpaid – will earn them an additional sentence.
In four separate cases, as many as 120 pirates were arrested between January and March 2011 – two of whom died during the trial.
The 15 who were convicted yesterday were arrested in January that year. They were found guilty of attacking the containership CMA CGM Verdi. Having already been behind bars for the past six years, the convicts will likely serve one more year in jail and then be deported to Somalia.