Kenya: Seven Somali Pirates Sentenced to Five Years in Jail

Mombasa court jailed the seven men for attempting to hijack a German ship, FGS Spessart on 29 March 2009.

Witnesses told prosecutors that the men were armed with AK47 rifles and rocket propelled grenades. The men were unsuccessful in their attempts and were arrested by crewmen from a German frigate after a chase involving forces from three countries in the multinational task-force.

The Kenyan Court hopes to send a messages to young Somali men who are involved or consider getting involved with piracy.

(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)