Five pirate suspects to face charges in U.S.

Wed, 2010-04-14 06:42 by admin
The men are being held aboard the USS Nicholas, the guided-missile frigate they are accused of attacking.

From Mike Mound, CNN Senior Pentagon Producer
April 13, 2010 -- Updated 2017 GMT (0417 HKT)

    STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Five are suspected in attack on USS Nicholas off Africa on April 1
  • It would be second time U.S. has brought in piracy suspects
  • Men will be moved to U.S. base in Djibouti and then to Norfolk, Virginia

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Washington (CNN) -- Five suspected Somali pirates accused of attacking a U.S. Navy ship could be sent to the United States to face criminal proceedings, according to U.S. military officials.
This is only the second time U.S. authorities have brought pirate suspects from Somalia to the United States to possibly face trial.

The five are being held aboard the USS Nicholas -- the guided-missile frigate they are accused of attacking -- off the Horn of Africa and will be transferred to Department of Justice authority in the coming days, officials said.

Although the United States worked with Kenya to create a system to try pirate suspects in that country, the Kenyan government told Washington that its court system is overburdened and cannot accept more cases. …

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