Somali Pirates are sentenced for murders of American travellers

Posted on: November 19th, 2013 by Simon No Comments


Three Somali pirates were told by a judge on Thursday last week that they will spend the rest of their lives in a federal prison for the murder of four American citizens – who were on board the ill-fated SV Quest.

The pirates were sentenced by the Chief United States District Court Judge to 21 life sentences, 19 consecutive life sentences, 2 concurrent life sentences and 30 years consecutive for their roles in the murders which took place in February 2011.

According to court records and evidence at trial, Somali pirates commandeered the Quest armed with assault rifles and a rocket-propelled grenade launcher and took the four Americans hostage on the 18th February 2011.

Before hostages could be rescued by members of the military, the pirates fired a rocket-propelled grenade in the general direction of the USS Sterett and shot the American hostages.

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