facebook
twitter
search
search

High court rejects Somali pirate cases

Jan. 22, 2013 at 1:31 PM

WASHINGTON, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday refused to review the use of criminal piracy law to punish Somali pirates who attack U.S. Navy vessels.

The rejections came without comment.

SCOTUSBLOG.com said the denials came in the cases of two men convicted in the first jury trial for piracy since 1819, Abdi W. Dire and Mohamed A. Said. The federal courts had expanded the reach of an anti-piracy criminal law by applying international law, the report said.

Wikipedia said Dire was convicted in Virginia and given 80 years in prison for the April 2010 attack on a U.S. Navy vessel deployed off East Africa and Somalia in anti-pirate operations.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
North Korea on missile cruiser deployment to Japan: U.S. 'will burn'
North Korea blasts South's idea of unified system
Puerto Rico not able to pay more than $72 billion in debts
Seven arrests made in Tunisia hotel killings
Uber executives arrested in Paris