Somali pirate sentenced to 25 years in D.C. court 

Somali Pirate Jama Idle Ibrahim, was sentenced today in a federal court in Washington D.C. to 25 years in prison. He was charged with violent acts of piracy in the Gulf of Aden against a merchant vessel, the M/V CEC Future,  which began on November, 2008 and lasted for 71 days.

The 39-year-old  Somali man pled guilty on September 8, 2010 to conspiracy to commit piracy under the law of nations and conspiracy to use a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. He received the maximum penalty of five years in prison for the piracy conspiracy charge and the maximum penalty of 20 years in prison for the firearm conspiracy charge. It was the first case of piracy tried in a DC court, according to the FBI and Justice Department.

The pirates, armed with AK-47s and grenades took over the cargo and 13 crew members for ransom. They forced the crew to anchor off the Somalia coast. After the ship's parent company paid $1.7 million in ransom it was released on Jan.16, 2009.

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