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Kenya jails 24 Somalis for attacking ship Sentenced each to 7 years in prison

MOMBASA, Kenya, Jan 23, (RTRS): A Kenyan court sentenced 24 Somalis to seven years each in prison on Thursday for attempting to hijack an Iranian merchant vessel, FV Ariya, in the Gulf of Oman in October 2010. The men, who were arrested by the Dutch navy working under NATO command, were handed over to Kenyan authorities because Somalia, which is struggling to rebuild after two decades of civil war, was not seen as stable enough to try them properly.

Although the number of hijackings has fallen markedly since 2011 due to tighter security aboard ships and increased Western naval patrols, piracy emanating from the Horn of Africa nation may still cost the world economy about $18 billion a year, the World Bank said in 2013. Kenya is one of a few countries that are prosecuting pirates, alongside Seychelles and Mauritius. But the cases are difficult to prosecute and take a long time to complete. Presiding magistrate Richard Odenyo said in his ruling that there was enough evidence to prove that the 24 men attacked the ship armed with AK-47 rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, rocket launchers and other crude weapons.

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