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Five Somali men face US piracy trial

In an article published November 9, 2010 entitled "Five Somali Men face US piracy trial," the BBC reports that five Somali men accused of firing at a US Navy ship off the coast of Africa are set to face the first US piracy trial in over one hundred years.

The charges include piracy, attacking to plunder a maritime vessel, and assault with a dangerous weapon. Court documents provide that the suspects apparently mistook the guided-missile frigate USS Nicholas for a merchant ship. They allegedly fired on the ship which was patrolling the area for pirates. The men fled when they were fired back upon. 

The trial, which is taking place in Norfolk, Virginia, is expected to last for about a month. For the full text of the article, click here

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