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Somali Man to Go on Trial in Virginia in Piracy Case

by Associated Press posted Apr 16 2012 4:08PM
   NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A Somali man U.S. authorities consider the highest-ranking pirate they have ever captured will go on trial in Virginia under a cloud of uncertainty about what the definition of piracy is.
     Mohammad Saaili Shibin is charged with piracy for his role in the hijacking of an American yacht in which all four passengers on board were shot and killed. Jury selection begins Tuesday.
     Shibin's case is unique because he never set foot on the Quest. Prosecutors say he acted as a land-based hostage negotiator.
     The federal judge in the case has been waiting for a federal appeals court to rule on the definition of piracy in another case. At issue is whether piracy is limited to robbery at sea. It's unclear if a ruling will happen before Shibin's trial ends.  
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04/16/2012 4:07PM
Somali Man to Go on Trial in Virginia in Piracy Case
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08/14/2012 8:04AM
i think thiis man is not Piracy coz he is an old man an he is good man coz he knows 4 language and he is educated man
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