Friday, July 22, 2011

Plea Bargain for Man Involved in Pirate Attack that Killed 3 Hams

A man from Yemen accepted a plea bargain in connection with a high-seas piracy attack this past February that left three US hams and another American dead. According to Newsline, 23-year-old Mounir Ali pled guilty to taking part in the armed hijacking of the yacht Quest off the coast of Oman. Ali had claimed that he and four other Yemenis were hijack victims themselves, but US prosecutors said he willingly joined the pirates in exchange for a share of any ransom money. They also said Ali was not directly involved in the shootings of the four Americans. Sentencing is scheduled for October 21.