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Piracy News & Commentary

Piracy Convictions

Mohamud Hirs Issa Ali, a former Somali police officer who became the commander of a band of nineteen pirates, was convicted in Virginia of piracy and for his role in the murder of four U.S. citizens aboard the yacht Quest. He was sentenced to life in prison. A former electrician, Jilian Abdiali, was also given life in prison. He claimed he became a pirate after witnessing the homes and cars successful pirates obtained with their unlawful largesse. His primary role, in his words, was to "bless" the piratical expedition.

The murdered victims were Jean and Scott Adam of Marina del Rey, California, and Robert A. Riggle and Phyllis Macay of Seattle, Washington.

It cannot be reiterated enough that pleasure yachts are nearly impossible to defend against pirates unless they are escorted by large, well-armed vessels.
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