February 27, 2014
by Amy Mathieu
Germany's Karlsruhe court ruled on Wednesday that the 3% voting threshold for political parties to enter the the European Parliament is unconstitutional. The German government lowered the voting threshold from 5% to 3% last year, but the top court ruled by a 5-3 vote that it should be abolished ...[read more]
November 19, 2013
by Nicholas Tomsho
The UN Security Council adopted a resolution Monday restating its call for member states to take steps against piracy and armed robbery off the coast of Somalia and the Horn of Africa. The resolution urges UN member states to cooperate with "relevant international organizations to adopt ...[read more]
November 15, 2013
by Kimberly Bennett
A judge for the US District Court Eastern District of Virginia on Friday sentenced Somali pirates Abukar Osman Beyle and Shani Nurani Shiekh Abrar to 21 life sentences for their role in the killing of four Americans aboard a yacht off the Horn of Africa in February 2011. Fourteen of the 19 people ...[read more]
November 13, 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia
A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on Tuesday sentenced Somali pirate Ahmed Muse Salad to life in prison without parole for his involvement in the deaths of four Americans off the coast of Africa. Salad was among the 19 men who boarded and hijacked a yacht, ...[read more]
October 31, 2013
by Sung Un Kim
A Spanish court on Wednesday convicted six men of piracy and sentenced one of them to 12-and-a-half years and the other to five to eight years in prison. The men, Mohamed Abdullah Hassan, Mohamed Aden Mohamed, Issa Abdullah Issa, Abdillahi Mohamed Gouled, Mohamed Said Ahmed and Hamoud Elfaf Mahou, ...[read more]
October 14, 2013
by Peter Snyder
Three Somali pirates accused of hijacking a private yacht off the coast of Somalia in 2009 went on trial in France Monday. The situation garnered heavy media coverage after French special services attempted to rescue the three french nationals being held captive on the sailboat on April 10, 2009, ...[read more]
August 4, 2013
by Blake Lynch
A jury for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia recommended Friday that three Somali pirates convicted of murdering four Americans receive life in prison sentences. The attack, which took place in 2011 approximately 40 miles off the coast of Somalia, involved 19 Somali ...[read more]
July 10, 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen
A jury in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on Monday convicted three Somali men of hijacking a boat and killing four Americans in 2011 off the coast of Somalia. The defendants, Ahmed Muse Salad, Abukar Osman Beyle and Shani Nurani Shiekh Abrar, were found guilty on all 26 ...[read more]
June 25, 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark
On June 25, 2010, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) announced that it had opened a courtroom in Kenya to hear maritime piracy cases. The UNODC, with support from donor states such as Australia, Canada, the EU and the US, established the high security courtroom to prosecute suspected Somali ...[read more]
March 6, 2013
by Kyle Webster
On March 6, 2009, the European Union (EU) announced an agreement with Kenya to transfer suspected pirates captured by the EU into Kenyan custody for prosecution. Kenya, the lead prosecutor of suspected pirates at the time, prosecuted 18 Somali nationals, including the 9 initially involved in the ...[read more]

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