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Somali pirate leader gets life

16 December 2011, 09:00

Norfolk - A former Somali police officer has been sentenced to life in prison for his role as a leader in the hijacking of a yacht that left all four Americans on board dead.

Mohamud Hirs Issa Ali was sentenced in US court in Norfolk on Thursday, where he apologised for his actions. He is among 11 men who have pleaded guilty to piracy for the February hijacking of the yacht Quest.

The owners of the Quest, Jean and Scott Adam of Marina del Rey, California, along with friends Bob Riggle and Phyllis Macay of Seattle, were shot to death after being taken hostage several hundred kilometres south of Oman.

Three others who prosecutors said were the triggermen face murder charges.

- AP


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