U.S. indicts suspected pirates

09:26, March 11, 2011      

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The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday said a federal grand jury has indicted 13 suspected pirates from Somalia and one from Yemen for the February hijacking of a yacht that left four U.S. citizens dead.

Justice Department spokesman Peter Carr was quoted by local media as saying that those men are facing piracy, kidnapping and firearms charges. The suspected pirates are expected to make an initial court appearance on Thursday in Norfolk, the U.S. state of Virginia.

The boat's owners, Jean and Scott Adam of Marina del Rey, California, along with Bob Riggle and Phyllis Macay of Seattle, were shot to death after pirates took them hostage several hundred miles south of Oman.

After the yacht was captured, U.S. Navy sent ships to track them, but negotiations went awry and gunfire was heard aboard the yacht. Special forces boarded the vessel and found the Americans shot dead.

Source: Xinhua

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