On August 22, 2011, the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia sentenced a Somali man to life in prison for his role in the hijacking of a US vessel, which resulted in the deaths of four US citizens. Ali Abdi Mohamed was the first sentenced out of the 11 men responsible for the hijacking of a US yacht. Mohamed had apologized to the victims' families and agreed to help prosecutors in the cases against the other suspects. Other Somali men have been convicted in the Netherlands, Spain and South Korea for acts of maritime piracy.
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