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Somali men jailed in Rome for piracy

Case relates to seizure of oil tanker in seas two years ago

04 December, 17:09
Somali men jailed in Rome for piracy (ANSA) - Rome, December 4 - Eleven Somali men were sentenced to prison for three and a half years Tuesday on charges of piracy and attempted kidnapping after an attack two years ago on an Italian vessel.

The Somalis were convicted of attacking the oil tanker Valdarno on January 16, 2011, off the coast of Yemen. The Italian tanker, which is part of the fleet of shipping company Navigazione Montanari, headquartered in Fano, managed to escape.

Italian marines arrested the pirates, who have been held in prisons in Rome.

Numerous Italian vessels have been seized by pirates who have taken millions in ransom payments by attacking vessels sailing in the Arabian Sea.