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Japanese Court Sentences Suspected Somali Pirate To 11 Years Imprisonment

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A Japanese court has sentenced an African man to 11 years in prison for the attempted hijack of a Japanese tanker.

The African is the last to be sentenced out of four men who attempted to hijack the tanker just off the coast of Oman in 2011, but were captured by US Navy personnel who handed them over to Japan’s coastguard.

Piracy has reduced in the piracy-ridden area in recent years, with pirates deterred by an international deployment of warships in the area.

The 21-year-old Somali was a juvenile under Japanese law at the time of the incident, reports said, explaining why he was not tried and sentenced with the other men.

The men, who were armed with submachine guns, tried to seize the Mitsui OSK Lines tanker, but failed with the intervention of US Navy personnel.

Japan applied it’s new anti-piracy law for the first time and transported the men to Tokyo to face trial.

The defendant, not named because of his age at the time the crime was committed, pleaded not guilty, claiming that the small boat he was aboard was adrift and he had asked for help from the tanker, the Jiji Press agency said.

Testimonies from the other men however led the judge to believe he was part of the attempted hijacking.

Earlier, two of the men got a jail sentence of 10 years each, while the other man was given a sentence of five to nine years.

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JUST IN: ECOWAS Lifts Sanctions On Mali

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US President, Donald Trump, Wife Test Positive For Covid-19

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President of the United States, Donald Trump, and his wife, Melania Trump have both tested positive for COVID-19.

The President took to his official Twitter handle on Friday to make this announcement.

Trump was last seen in public on Thursday afternoon, returning to the White House after a fundraising trip to New Jersey.

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On Thursday, he announced that his aide, Hope Hicks tested positive for the virus which has killed over 1 million people around the world.

He further revealed that he and the first lady had taken the test and waiting for the results before announcing the outcome on Friday.

 

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Mali: N’Daw, Coup Leader Goita Sworn In As President, VP

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Retired Army Colonel, Bah N’Daw has been sworn in on Friday as the interim president of Mali and he is to head a transitional government following last month’s military coup in the country.

The swearing-in ceremony held in the country’s capital city of Bamako, where Colonel Assimi Goita, who led the military junta, was also sworn in as interim vice president.

This administration is to lead the government for a maximum of 18 months before organising national elections.

Also Read: Buhari Attends Virtual ECOWAS Extraordinary Summit Over Mali Crisis

It will be recalled that the country’s military executed a coup last month (August 18) which successfully removed the nation’s president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita from office.

Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, attended the ceremony alongside other members of the ECOWAS mediation team.

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