Mumbai court sentences 15 Somali pirates to seven years’ imprisonment

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.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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