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Posted on 04/24/2010 2:51:06 AM PDT by Cindy
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Alleged Somali Pirates Indicted for Attacks on Navy Ships
NORFOLK, VAFederal grand juries in the Eastern District of Virginia have returned two separate indictments charging 11 men from Somalia with engaging in piracy and related offenses pertaining to attacks on two Navy ships. The indictments charge separate attacks by separate groups on the U.S.S. Nicholas and the U.S.S. Ashland.
Neil H. MacBride, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; George Venizelos, Special Agent in Charge of the FBIs New York Field Office; Alex J. Turner, Special Agent in Charge of the FBIs Norfolk Field Office; and Mark Russ, Special Agent in Charge of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) in Norfolk, made the announcement.
Since the earliest days of this country, piracy has been a serious crime, said U.S. Attorney MacBride. Piracy threatens human lives and disrupts international commerce. When pirates attack U.S. vessels by force, they must face severe consequences.
The Naval Criminal Investigative Service provides unique forward deployed law enforcement capabilities to the U.S. Navy's Maritime Strategy, said NCIS Special Agent in Charge Russ. This case demonstrates the working relationship between uniformed military forces and NCISwhich is a civilian agencyand our federal partners to ensure cooperative security and stability across the maritime domain.
The two indictments were returned earlier this week and remained sealed until the defendants made their initial appearances before a magistrate judge in Norfolk.
According to the first six-count indictment returned on April 20, 2010, five menMohammed Modin Hasan, Gabul Abdullahi Ali, Abdi Wali Dire, Abdi Mohammed Gurewardher, and Abdi Mohammed Umarleft Somalia in search of a merchant ship to pirate. They allegedly used two smaller vessels loaded with assault weapons and a rocket propelled grenade (RPG) that served as attack boats, along with a larger ship full of supplies.
This indictment alleges that on March 31, 2010, Hasan, Ali, and Dire boarded one of these smaller vessels and set out to pirate and plunder what they believed to be a merchant ship. Ali and Dire each allegedly carried an assault weapon, and Hasan allegedly carried an RPG. The indictment charges that they opened fire on the ship, which they later discovered was the Nicholas.
The remaining two individuals charged in the indictmentGurewardher and Umarremained onboard the large ship to maintain that ship during the alleged attack.
In a second five-count indictment, six men Maxamad Cali Saciid, Mohammed Abdi Jama, Jaamac Ciidle, Abdicasiis Cabaase, Abdirasaq Abshir, and Mahamed Farraah Hassanwere charged with piracy-related offenses involving the U.S.S. Ashland on or about April 10, 2010.
All 11 men were charged with piracy, which carries a mandatory penalty of life in prison. In addition, the indictment also charges them with the following:
Attack to plunder a vessel, which carries a maximum of 10 years in prison. Assault with a dangerous weapon in the special maritime jurisdiction, which carries a maximum of 10 years in prison. Conspiracy to use firearms during a crime of violence, which carries a maximum of 20 years in prison. Use of a firearm during a crime of violence, which carry a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life in prison if convicted of one count. The five men charged in the indictment involving the U.S.S. Nicholas face two firearm counts, which would carry an additional minimum of 25 yearsto equal 35 yearsin prison if convicted of both counts. The U.S.S. Nicholas is an Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate homeported in Norfolk, Va. The U.S.S. Ashland is a Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship homeported in Little Creek, Va.
This investigation was conducted by the FBIs New York Field Office and Norfolk Field Office and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.
The prosecution is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Benjamin L. Hatch and Joseph DePadilla, from the U.S. Attorneys Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.
The public is reminded that an indictment only contains charges and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the U.S. Attorneys Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/vae. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.vaed.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.uspci.uscourts.gov.
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“Federal grand juries in the Eastern District of Virginia have returned two separate indictments charging 11 men from Somalia with engaging in piracy and related offenses pertaining to attacks on two Navy ships. “
I thought that our policy was to send the pirates back to Somalia, for ‘justice’ - yuck, yuck, yuck. Interesting when it’s Obama’s ships being attacked, we use a functional justice system...when it is Exxon’s ships, we laugh.
Can anyone please tell me why we are holding piracy trials here? Some one is shooting at you shoot the F back. Do we really need these guys in our prison system for life?
“Can anyone please tell me why we are holding piracy trials here? Some one is shooting at you shoot the F back. Do we really need these guys in our prison system for life?”
A better question might be why we even arrest these people. It should be pretty OBVIOUS by now that if you a see a Somali boat more than a few miles off the coast they’re likely not documenting the latest changes in the flora and fauna of the ocean floor. JUST SINK THEM. Why is this so hard for people in power to understand?
Friendly reminder to all:”Somali Pirates” = Muslim terrorists.
Agree - of course. It’s embarrassing to watch the West get jerked around by those animals. Embarrassing, but not surprising.
My thoughts exactly. They should have been blown out of the water the minute they opened fire on one of our ships. If we did that with some frequency, we might eliminate some of the Somali scum and curtail future attacks.
WTF...why oh why do they CAPTURE pirates...
you minigun or vulcan their ‘ships’ till nothing moves. the problem is solved much quicker...and the properly ventilated remains of boat and pirate quickly sinks and is gone forever.
Not gone forever. The sunken hull will form an artificial reef, improving local fisheries and giving occupation to young men that won't cause them to go up against the world's best Navy.
I bet if these pirates were Christians they would not be given the kid glove treatment.
That used to be called an *Act of War*.
The Argentinians might want to rethink their strategy in dealing with the Brits over the Falklands.
Great! So they get “tried” in this country, then wrist-slapped, released, then on to becoming citizens in nobama’s Amerika. Just great! nobama and his minions are so anti-American it makes me puke. Give these mooslim “pirates” a long walk off a short plank in the Indian Ocean. Problem solved.
Has Eric Holder got them lawyered up yet?
Agreed, the indictment should have been by five inch naval gunfire.
Don’t forget the three hots and a cot. They never had it so good. Since islam is a against women, they’ll have plenty of buddies to share.
Couldn’t agree more. Instead of providing them three hots and a cot and lawyering them up we should be feeding them to the sharks.
All pirates should be hanged. I will concede that the provisions for punishment under Philippine law is an acceptable substitute, i.e. “the convicted pirate is to be electrocuted until he catches fire”.
These trials are ludicrous. These “pirates” attacked a well armed US Navy ship. Unless they waved a white flag there should have been no quarter given and they should have been dispatched in a hail of ordinance. Feed them to the sharks and let Allah sort them out.
The US government, academia, mass media, mainstream religions, scientific establishment, big business, et al are filled with those who have a Leftist orientation. They hate Christians but love Muslims. Plus, the chief executive of the US is a closet Muslim. If he really had converted there would have been a fatwa placed on his head.
Nothing surprises me when I see Muslims getting the kid glove treatment and Christians receiving just the opposite. This has been going on for about 100 years. Muslims have been coming into this country since 1895 and their numbers just keep growing.
Earlier you wrote: you minigun or vulcan their ships till nothing moves.
The pirates sometimes use zodiacs made out of rubber. If you used a vulcan on one, would it be a vulcanized rubber raft?
Live long and prosper...
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Five Somalis Sentenced to Life Plus 80 Years in Prison for Piracy Against USS Nicholas
NORFOLK, VAFive men from Somalia were sentenced today to life followed by a consecutive 80 years in prison for engaging in piracy and related offenses in their attack on the USS Nicholas.
Neil H. MacBride, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Janice K. Fedarcyk, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBIs New York Field Office; Alex J. Turner, Special Agent in Charge of the FBIs Norfolk Field Office; and Mark Russ, Special Agent in Charge of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) in Norfolk, made the announcement after sentencing by United States District Judge Mark S. Davis.
Today marks the longest sentence ever given to a pirate in U.S. court, following the first time in over 190 years that an American jury has convicted a defendant of piracy, said U.S. Attorney MacBride. Todays sentences should send a clear message to those who attempt to engage in piracy: Armed attacks on U.S.-flagged vessels carry severe consequences in U.S. courts. Modern-day pirates not only threaten human lives but also disrupt international commerce by extorting hundreds of millions of dollars in ransom payments. It is believed that between 650 to 800 people are held hostage by Somali pirates and that the global cost of piracy is as high as $12 billion annually.
Modern-day pirates who wreak havoc off the Horn of Africa will be met with modern-day American justice, said Assistant Director in Charge Fedarcyk. The skull and crossbones may be a relic of the past, but the threat of violent piracy remains very real. The FBI remains firmly committed to enforcing the rule of law on the high seas, protecting Americans and American vessels.
On Nov. 24, 2010, the jury convicted the five menMohammed Modin Hasan, Gabul Abdullahi Ali, Abdi Wali Dire, Abdi Mohammed Gurewardher, and Abdi Mohammed Umar, all from Somaliaof piracy, attack to plunder a vessel, act of violence against persons on a vessel, assault with a dangerous weapon, assault with a dangerous weapon on federal officers and employees, conspiracy to use firearms during a crime of violence, and multiple firearm counts, including the use of a rocket propelled grenade (RPG).
The Somalis were indicted on April 21, 2010, and were later charged with additional crimes in a 14-count superseding indictment on July 7, 2010. According to evidence and trial testimony, the five men left Somalia in search of a merchant ship to pirate. They used a larger ship full of supplies, along with two smaller vessels loaded with assault weapons and a rocket propelled grenade (RPG) that served as attack boats. On April 1, 2010, Hasan, Ali, and Dire boarded one of these smaller vessels and set out to pirate what they believed to be a merchant ship, while Gurewardher and Umar remained onboard the large ship to maintain that ship during the attack.
Ali and Dire each carried an assault weapon, and Hasan carried an RPG. They opened fire on a ship, which they later discovered was the USS Nicholas, an Oliver Hazard Perry class frigate homeported in Norfolk, Va.
The investigation was conducted by the FBI and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joseph DePadilla, John Davis and Benjamin L. Hatch from the Eastern District of Virginia and Trial Attorney Jerome Teresinski from the Department of Justices National Security Division prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.
A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/vae. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.vaed.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.uspci.uscourts.gov.