x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Pirates' appeal over life sentence for hijacking ship adjourned

Appeal of 10 Somali pirates sentenced to life in prison for hijacking a UAE ship put off after defence team fail to appear.

ABU DHABI // An appeal by 10 pirates sentenced to life in prison for hijacking the UAE ship MV Arillah has been adjourned after the defence team did not show up.

The 10 Somali men were arrested after UAE forces stormed the ship in April last year and rescued the crew.

The men are appealing their sentence at the federal appeals court, but as the lawyer appointed to them by the Ministry of Justice did not show up, the case was adjourned to October 2.

hdajani@thenational.ae