Somali pirates found guilty on murder and hijacking charges Laura Klein Mullen at 10:36 AM ET
[JURIST] A jury in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia [official website] 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 [AP report] on all 26 counts against them, 22 of which carry a potential punishment of death. The charges arise from a 2011 incident in which an American yacht was hijacked by a group of Somalis and the owners were shot and killed. All three of these men had pleaded not guilty [JURIST report] to the charges against them in July 2011 and requested a jury trial. Eleven other Somali men involved in the incident have already pleaded guilty to the charges against them.
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