Somali pirate gets life in jail
A Somali man has been sentenced to life in a US prison for his role in the deadly hijacking of a yacht off the coast of Africa in February this year.
Muhidin Salad Omar is the third pirate to be sentenced at a federal court in Norfolk, Virginia, to a life in jail over the incident.
He was part of a gang that seized a yacht with four Americans on board south of Oman, then killed them all.
A fourth man was due to be sentenced later on Monday.
Two of Omar’s accomplices were sentenced to life in prison in August.
Three others are charged with murder and could receive the death penalty.
The yacht was boarded by 19 men who planned to bring the Americans to Somalia so they could be ransomed, but the plot fell apart when US Navy warships appeared.
Omar, the driver of the pirate vessel, was one of two men who came aboard a US Navy ship to negotiate.