Ten years in jail and a whipping for Indonesian pirates

Ten years in jail and a whipping for Indonesian pirates

Kuala Lumpur: Ten years in jail and a whipping was the sentence handed down yesterday at a Malaysian court to nine Indonesians for the hijacking and looting of the Sun Birdie chemical tanker this January.

The nine men, ranging in age from 26 to 48, had targeted the ship for its cargo of marine fuel oil.

The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) tacked down the ship and apprehended the pirates one day after it had been reported missing.

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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