Suspected pirates to be tried in Va.
A federal law enforcement official says at least five pirate suspects will be brought to Norfolk by the end of the week to stand trial in the United States.
The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because the transfer is underway.
The suspects will be tried in the U.S. court system because the African nation of Kenya began refusing to take piracy suspects earlier this month. The Kenyans say the trials of alleged pirates from the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean were straining its courts.
The official says the number of alleged pirates to brought to the United States for prosecution will be fewer than the 21 who were captured in recent incidents and held on U.S. ships off the coast of Somalia.
-- Associated Press
Washington Post editors
| April 21, 2010; 2:30 PM ET
Tags: Gulf of Aden, Kenya, Norfolk Virginia, Piracy, Somalia, United States
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