Trial of Somali 'pirates' opens in Netherlands
Wednesday 26 May 2010
Europe's first trial of alleged Somali pirates opened at Rotterdam District Court yesterday with conflicting accounts from the five suspects, a notable lack of physical evidence and a shortage of witnesses.
The men, who face 12 years in prison, deny seeking to hijack a cargo ship registered in the Netherlands Antilles. Their boat was intercepted by a Danish frigate in the Gulf of Aden last year.
"If our children are hungry, who is responsible?" shouted one defendant, Sayid Ali Garaar, 39. The trial continues.
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