Yemeni court jails 3 Somali pirates

Updated 19 January 2013
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Yemeni court jails 3 Somali pirates

ADEN: A court in southeast Yemen on Saturday jailed three Somali pirates for 10 years each after convicting them of hijacking boats in the Gulf of Aden, Saba state news agency said.
The defendants went on trial in 2011 after being charged with hijacking a Yemeni fishing boat and a foreign yacht with the aim of using the Yemeni vessel to carry out piracy attacks, Saba said.
The judge also ordered the defendants to pay the owner of the boat 750,000 rials ($3,492) in compensation for the amount he fished on the day of the attack and for the 15 days they held him captive, Saba said.
Heavily armed pirates using high-powered speedboats have operated in the Gulf of Aden for several years, preying on ships and sometimes holding them for weeks before releasing them for large ransoms paid by governments or ship owners.
But the number of attacks diminished after an international deployment of warships to patrol the coast of the Horn of Africa.
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Jordan MP, family members among 8 killed in road crash

Updated 22 April 2018
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Jordan MP, family members among 8 killed in road crash

  • Jordanian MP Mohammad Amamreh, his wife and three children were among the dead in the horror crash
  • Parliament speaker Atef Tarawneh cancelled Sunday’s Parliamentary session following the MP’s death

AMMAN: A Jordanian MP, his wife and three of his children were among eight people killed late Saturday when their car collided with a winch truck, a security source said.
The truck’s driver and his assistant were also killed in the crash on the desert highway south of Amman, along with MP Mohammad Amamreh, his wife, three children and his brother-in-law, the source said Sunday.
Parliament speaker Atef Tarawneh expressed his sorrow at the loss of Amamreh, a 53-year-old former army colonel from the southern Jordanian city of Maan.
Tarawneh decided to cancel a parliamentary session that was slated for Sunday, with a new date set for Monday, a statement said.
Jordan has a dire road safety record, with 750 people killed in 2016, nearly 150 more than the previous year.
Accidents are often attributed to the poor state of roads, disregard for driving rules and bad weather conditions, including sandstorms.
The desert highway that stretches from Amman to the southern port city of Aqaba is often the scene of fatal crashes.