Malaysia jails 7 Somali pirates
02 September 2013, 14:41
Kuala - A Malaysian court on Monday sentenced seven Somali
pirates to between eight and 10 years imprisonment after they pleaded guilty to shooting
at Malaysian troops on board a tanker in Gulf of Aden in 2011.
Kuala Lumpur High Court Judge Azman Husin ordered the jail
sentences to run from the date of the arrest on January 20, 2011.
The pirates boarded the Malaysian-operated chemical tanker
MT Bunga Laurel in the sea about 600 kilometres off Muscat, Oman, according to
Commandos from a Royal Malaysian Navy ship, who were tasked
to protect the country's interests in the area, stormed the tanker a few hours
later and captured the pirates.
The tanker was carrying lubricating oil and ethylene
dichloride en route to Singapore at the time.