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May 18, 2010

Yemen to shoot six pirates

Yemen's official Saba news agency reports that the Specialized Penal Court in Sana'a today sentenced six Somali pirates to death and six others to ten years in prison.

The verdict was delivered during a hearing chaired by the Court Chief Judge Muhsen Alwan.

The pirates, who were arrested in April last year, were convicted of hijacking a Yemeni oil tanker off Aden and fighting the authorities when they tried to release it. A sailor was killed during the release operation, another went missing and four others were injured.

The court also ruled that the convicted pay $2 million in compensation for the Aden Refinery Company. The company will then compensate the family of the victims.

The usual method of execution in Yemen is to make subjects lie face down on the ground and shoot them once through the heart, or the back of the neck, with an assault weapon.

Executions are carried out in public and are normally attended by relatives of the victim.


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