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4 accused pirates to appear at detention hearings

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A federal judge is set to decide whether 13 suspected pirates from Somalia and one from Yemen should remain in jail while awaiting trial.
The 14 men are charged with piracy, kidnapping and firearms charges in the February hijacking of a yacht that left four Americans dead.
Detention hearings are scheduled for the men throughout Tuesday in federal court in Norfolk.
If convicted of the piracy charges, the men face mandatory life sentences without the possibility of parole.
The U.S. Attorney's Office has said more charges could also be filed in the future. An indictment says at least three of the men shot and killed the four Americans aboard the yacht several hundred miles south of the Middle Eastern nation of Oman.

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  • by Richard Location: kentucky on Mar 16, 2011 at 05:08 AM
    This is a no brainer but, The court system makes no sense when they rule in the US. should have just set them afloat with the plug pulled, save time ,money,bs
  • by Ted Location: Keavy on Mar 15, 2011 at 02:17 PM
    If the judge lets any one of these killers walk then they should be removed from the bench immediately. A 5 year old kid could make this decision by just using common sense. Pirates need to be stopped in their tracks. We have them so let's give them a trial and a quick execution. There is no justice as long as these pirates breathe.


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