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Three Somali pirates jailed in Yemen for Gulf of Aden attack

The judge sentences each pirate to 10 years in prison and orders them to pay a fine of Dh12,800.

ADEN, YEMEN // A Yemeni court today jailed three Somali pirates for 10 years each after convicting them of hijacking boats in the Gulf of Aden, the Saba state news agency reported.

The defendants went on trial in 2011 after being charged with hijacking a Yemeni fishing boat and a foreign yacht with the aim of using the Yemeni vessel to carry out piracy attacks.

The judge also ordered the defendants to pay the owner of the boat 750,000 rials (Dh12,800) in compensation for the amount he fished on the day of the attack and for the 15 days they held him captive, Saba reported.

Heavily armed pirates using high-powered speedboats have operated in the Gulf of Aden for several years, preying on ships and sometimes holding them for weeks before releasing them for large ransoms paid by governments or ship owners.

But the number of attacks diminished after an international deployment of warships to patrol the coast of the Horn of Africa.

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