Published — Tuesday 26 February 2013
Last update 26 February 2013 1:56 am
ABU DHABI: A UAE appeals court yesterday upheld life imprisonments handed in May last year to 10 pirates convicted of hijacking a ship east of Oman in the Arabian Sea in 2011.
The sentences, which equates to 25 years in jail, will be followed by deportation, WAM said. The report did not give the nationalities of the 10 men, but local media had reported that they were Somalis.
MV Arrilah-I was hijacked in April 2011 while on way from Australia to Dubai. UAE special forces, backed by air force units and in coordination with the Bahrain-based US Fifth Fleet, freed the Abu Dhabi-owned ship a day after it was seized.
The bulk carrier is owned by Abu Dhabi National Tanker Co. and National Gas Shipping Co.