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German court convicts Somali man in 2010 oil tanker seizure, gives him 12-year prison sentence
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Thursday, April 17, 2014 9:41 AM EDT
A German court has sentenced a Somali man to 12 years in prison for helping lead a group of pirates who seized a German-operated oil tanker in 2010.
The defendant was arrested last May at a center for asylum seekers in Germany.
The court says the Marida Marguerite's 22 crewmembers were tortured during the hijacking — which ended after more than seven months with a $5 million ransom payment. It says the defendant was one of the last pirates to leave the ship.