Pirates indicted in Norfolk
Update, 2 p.m.: The indictment was handed up and announced at a news conference.
A federal grand jury in Norfolk is expected to indict 13 men from Somalia and one from Yemen for allegedly pirating a yacht and taking hostage four U.S. citizens who were later killed. the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia said Thursday.
In late February, four Americans were killed after pirates hijacked their yacht off the coast of East Africa. The pirates had said the four were killed because the hijackers felt threatened after American warships had surrounded the boat, according to media reports.
The Americans killed were Phyllis Macay and Bob Riggle of Seattle and Jean and Scott Adam of Marina del Rey, Calif. The four had made their home aboard a 58-foot yacht since December 2004.
Federal law enforcement officials from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Alexandria, the FBI's New York and Norfolk field offices and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service are expected to make the announcement Thursday afternoon in Norfolk.
| March 10, 2011; 10:57 AM ET
Categories: Around the World, Dana Hedgpeth, From the Courthouse, Updates | Tags: Pirates; Americans killed
Save & Share: Previous: Pedestrians hit in D.C.
Next: Nesky appointed as Bowie police chief
Posted by: masefa2005 | March 10, 2011 11:21 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: ged0386 | March 10, 2011 12:41 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: rsteffens1 | March 10, 2011 1:59 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: wisepat | March 10, 2011 2:01 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: thomasmc1957 | March 10, 2011 4:58 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: mjc3 | March 11, 2011 7:46 AM | Report abuse