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Somali pleads guilty in case of pirate attack on US warship

Jama Idle Ibrahim admitted in federal court Friday that he was one of several men who attempted on April 10 to commandeer what they believed was a merchant ship. It was actually a US warship, the USS Ashland. Ibrahim has agreed to testify against five other defendants.

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An injured Somali suspected of being a pirate was escorted into federal court by US Marshall in Norfolk, Va., on April 23. The case is in connection with an April 10 attack on the USS Ashland in the Gulf of Aden.

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One of six Somalis accused of attempting to take over a US warship in the Gulf of Aden has agreed to plead guilty and cooperate with federal prosecutors against the five remaining alleged pirates.

Jama Idle Ibrahim admitted in federal court in Norfolk, Va., on Friday that he was one of several men in a skiff who attempted on April 10 to commandeer and hold for ransom what they believed was a merchant ship.

They were mistaken. Instead of a defenseless commercial vessel, the would-be marauders pulled alongside and began firing AK-47 assault rifles at the USS Ashland, an American warship.

The ship returned fire, killing a man in the skiff. The others were captured and transported to Norfolk to stand trial on piracy charges.

Last week, the federal judge in the case, US District Judge Raymond Jackson, threw out the first count in the indictment – the piracy charge. He said the federal prosecutors’ definition of piracy was too broad and contrary to US Supreme Court case law.

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