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Somali pirates get life for American cruising sailors deaths

'Quest - yacht boarded last February and four cruising sailors shot to death'    .

Two Somali pirates were sentenced to life in prison this week for their roles in the hijacking of a yacht that left all four American cruising sailors on board their yacht dead. The four had been participating in the Blue Water round world Rally, since disbanded, with about twenty other yachts when the shooting occurred.

One of the two men argued he had unsuccessfully tried to persuade his fellow pirates that the two women on board should be released.

The owners of the yacht, Quest, Jean and Scott Adam of Marina del Rey, Calif., along with friends Bob Riggle and Phyllis Macay of Seattle, were shot to death in February several days after being taken hostage several hundred miles south of Oman. Reports after the incident are conflicting about whether the Quest was still a participant in the rally at the time of the incident.

They were the first cruising sailors to be killed in a wave of piracy that has plagued the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean in recent years.

'Piracy is a scourge that threatens nations, commerce, and individual lives,' U.S. Attorney Neil MacBride was reported as saying by Marine News Press. 'Today’s sentences send a message to all those who participate in piracy that armed attacks on the high seas carry lifelong consequences.'

A band of pirates had hoped to take the Americans back to Somalia so they could be ransomed, but that plan fell apart when four U.S. Navy warships began shadowing them. The Navy offered to let the pirates take the yacht in exchange for the hostages, but the pirates said they wouldn’t get the kind of money they wanted for it. Hostages are typically ransomed for millions of dollars.

During sentencing in federal court, Burhan Abdirahman Yusuf’s attorney, Robert Rigney, said Yusuf had argued that Jean Adam and Macay should be released. However, Yusuf was only a guard aboard the boat and was not considered a leader by the others.

Yusuf told U.S. District Judge Mark Davis through an interpreter that before violence broke out aboard the yacht he had wanted to leave but was not allowed to do so by the other pirates.

'I was scared for my life because I was afraid they would kill me,' he said. 'I was very, very sad about what happened.'

Earlier in the day, Ali Abdi Mohamed also expressed remorse about the Americans’ deaths.

'I’d like to express my regret and sorrow to the victims’ families,' Mohamed said through an interpreter.

Yusuf and Mohamed are the first of 11 men who have pleaded guilty to piracy in the case to be sentenced. Each of the men face mandatory life sentences, although that could eventually be reduced as part of a plea deal with federal prosecutors.

Mohamed told prosecutors he was ordered to fire a rocket propelled grenade at the American warships to keep them away from the Quest. Court documents say that in doing so, he inadvertently killed one of the pirates who was standing too close behind him. Shortly after the RPG was fired, gun fire erupted aboard the yacht.

Court records say three of the charged men shot at the Americans and that stray bullets they had fired killed another pirate. Mohamed said he and another pirate rushed downstairs to where the Americans were being held to wrestle the weapons of the shooters away and to get them to stop shooting, but it was too late.

Mohamed said that even though he didn’t shoot the Americans, he hopes their families will forgive him. None of the victims’ family members were present Monday, but they sent in numerous letters saying that their loss has been devastating. District Judge Mark Davis said that by all accounts, the victims lived lives filled with 'service and with kindness to those they encountered.'

In all, 19 men boarded the Quest. When American forces boarded the boat, all but two men surrendered. Those two were shot and killed by U.S. forces.

U.S. authorities released one person because he was believed to have been a juvenile.




by Des Ryan

  

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