The High Court in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, has sentenced seven Somali nationals to life imprisonment for piracy. The accused were charged with one count of piracy.
The prosecution had told the court that the accused committed the offence in the Indian Ocean on October 3rd 2011, within Tanzania’s Exclusive Economic Zone, when they attacked oil exploration vessel Sam S Allgood using firearms.
The oil prospecting vessel was attacked by a group of at least seven ocean suspected terrorists of Somali origin. The attack was reported and the Tanzanian navy units in the area immediately deployed to intercept the pirates. Upon closing in on the pirates a fire fight reportedly ensued before the navy personnel overpowered them.
The Master of the ship and offshore manager saw the accused ready to board the ship and ordered his crew to hide in the engine room. He later raised a distressed call and within few minutes the Tanzania security personnel arrived at the scene of the attack. The seven people sitting on the ship which they had attacked were arrested.