Britons jailed for carrying ransom

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A Somali court has jailed six foreigners, including three Britons and an American, for carrying millions of dollars into Somalia to pay for the release of vessels held by pirates. Authorities seized two aircraft carrying $3.6m (£2.2m) last month.

"We sentenced the two pilots, who are American and British nationals, to 15 years' imprisonment and a $15,000 fine each," the Mogadishu court's judge said.

The charges were illegally bringing cash to Somalia, carrying cash for ransom and arriving without correct papers.

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