Ten Somali nationals jailed in Kenya for piracy!
Posted by African Press International on January 5, 2014
Somali nationals have been sent to jail by a Kenyan court in Mombasa accused of piracy.
The ten were sentenced to total of 70 years in jail.
“They had been charged in a Mombasa court with hijacking Indian vessel mv Safina al Bisaraat on January 20 in the high seas, threatening the lives of the crew and demanding a Sh3.5 million ransom,” reports the Daily Nation (Kenya).
While sentencing them, the Mombasa Principal magistrate ignored the defence lawyer who tried to argue in court that the accused should be treated as minors.
While sentencing them she said “there was no evidence that there were minors among the accused, “and even if there were they had committed the crime in the company of adults and will therefore suffer the consequences”, reports the Nation
The lawyer has said that he will appeal the sentencing because this case is the first of its kind in Kenya, while being critical towards the magistrate who he believes she had no jurisdiction to try the ten pirates.
Source of the story> Daily Nation/Kenya