14 suspected pirates plead not guilty in US court
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Last Updated: Wednesday, March 16, 2011, 11:09
Norfolk: Thirteen Somalis and one man from Yemen have pleaded not guilty to piracy, kidnapping and firearms charges in the February hijacking of a yacht that left four Americans dead.

They entered their pleas in federal court in Norfolk, Virginia. A trial has been set for May 17, although prosecutors want it pushed back.

If convicted of piracy, the 14 men face mandatory life sentences without the possibility of parole. Prosecutors said several of the men confessed to the FBI they had committed piracy.

The US 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 Americans aboard the yacht several hundred kilometers south of the Middle Eastern nation of Oman.


First Published: Wednesday, March 16, 2011, 11:09

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