Showing posts with label Somali Pirates. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Somali Pirates. Show all posts

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Alleged Somali Pirates Indicted for Attacks On Navy Ships

23 Apr 2010 20:30 Africa/Lagos

Alleged Somali Pirates Indicted for Attacks On Navy Ships

NORFOLK, Va., April 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Federal grand juries in the Eastern District of Virginia have returned two separate indictments charging 11 men from Somalia with engaging in piracy and related offenses pertaining to attacks on two Navy ships. The indictments charge separate attacks by separate groups on the U.S.S. Nicholas and the U.S.S. Ashland.

Neil H. MacBride, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; George Venizelos, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI's New York Field Office; Alex J. Turner, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI's Norfolk Field Office; and Mark Russ, Special Agent in Charge of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) in Norfolk, made the announcement.
"Since the earliest days of this country, piracy has been a serious crime," said U.S. Attorney MacBride. "Piracy threatens human lives and disrupts international commerce. When pirates attack U.S. vessels by force, they must face severe consequences."

"The Naval Criminal Investigative Service provides unique forward deployed law enforcement capabilities to the U.S. Navy's Maritime Strategy," said NCIS Special Agent in Charge Russ. "This case demonstrates the working relationship between uniformed military forces and NCIS - which is a civilian agency - and our federal partners to ensure cooperative security and stability across the maritime domain."
The two indictments were returned earlier this week and remained sealed until the defendants made their initial appearances before a magistrate judge in Norfolk.

According to the first six-count indictment returned on April 20, 2010, five men - Mohammed Modin Hasan, Gabul Abdullahi Ali, Abdi Wali Dire, Abdi Mohammed Gurewardher, and Abdi Mohammed Umar - left Somalia in search of a merchant ship to pirate. They allegedly used two smaller vessels loaded with assault weapons and a rocket propelled grenade (RPG) that served as attack boats, along with a larger ship full of supplies.
This indictment alleges that on March 31, 2010, Hasan, Ali, and Dire boarded one of these smaller vessels and set out to pirate and plunder what they believed to be a merchant ship. Ali and Dire each allegedly carried an assault weapon, and Hasan allegedly carried an RPG. The indictment charges that they opened fire on the ship, which they later discovered was the Nicholas.

The remaining two individuals charged in the indictment - Gurewardher and Umar -remained onboard the large ship to maintain that ship during the alleged attack.

In a second five-count indictment, six men - Maxamad Cali Saciid, Mohammed Abdi Jama, Jaamac Ciidle, Abdicasiis Cabaase, Abdirasaq Abshir and Mahamed Farraah Hassan - were charged with piracy-related offenses involving the U.S.S. Ashland on or about April 10, 2010.

All 11 men were charged with piracy, which carries a mandatory penalty of life in prison. In addition, the indictment also charges them with the following:

-- Attack to plunder a vessel, which carries a maximum of 10 years in
-- Assault with a dangerous weapon in the special maritime jurisdiction,
which carries a maximum of 10 years in prison.
-- Conspiracy to use firearms during a crime of violence, which carries a
maximum of 20 years in prison.
-- Use of a firearm during a crime of violence, which carry a mandatory
minimum of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life in prison if
convicted of one count. The five men charged in the indictment
involving the U.S.S. Nicholas face two firearm counts, which would
carry an additional minimum of 25 years - to equal 35 years - in
prison if convicted of both counts.

The U.S.S. Nicholas is an Oliver Hazard Perry class frigate homeported in Norfolk, Va. The U.S.S. Ashland is a Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship homeported in Little Creek, Va.
This investigation was conducted by the FBI's New York Field Office and Norfolk Field Office and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.

The prosecution is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Benjamin L. Hatch and Joseph DePadilla, from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.
The public is reminded that an indictment only contains charges and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at or on
Source: U.S. Department of Justice

CONTACT: Peter Carr of the Office of U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride,
Eastern District of Virginia, +1-703-842-4050
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Friday, April 24, 2009

'Saving Captain Phillips' – Online Game captures the High Sea Rescue Mission

'Saving Captain Phillips' – Online Game captures the High Sea Rescue Mission

New York - Tuesday - 21st April' 2009 /PRNewswire/ — -, a global Top 50online games' company, announced the release of its real life inspired online game titled 'Saving Captain Phillips' on The thrilling game is inspired by the courageous and dangerous high sea rescue mission of Captain Richard Phillips, who was captured by rogue Somali Pirates and rescued by the crack team of US Navy SEALs.

Captain Richard Phillips was captured by Somali pirates from his ship, the Maersk Alabama and had a harrowing experience of being held captive until the US Navy stepped in and deployed the Sniper team of the Navy SEALs to rescue him. The online game recreates the actual episode and allows players to become Navy SEAL Snipers and embark on a life threatening mission to help rescue the captain.

Saving Captain Phillips:
The game begins with a scene of Captain Richard Phillips surrendering himself to the pirates in order to save his ship's crew members. The game play area is the recreated scene of Navy SEAL snipers taking positions and expertly shooting the pirates in order to save the captain. In this high stakes action game, users take on the role of Navy SEAL Snipers and shoot the enemy pirates who are in moving boats without compromising Captain Phillips' Safety.

Alok Kejriwal – Co- founder and CEO of Games2win commented: "Games2win wanted to honor the incredibly brave US Navy SEAL snipers and the heroic Captain Richard Phillips by producing an online game that recreates the events and the action that actually happened. The game is our attempt to involve the youth in this incident and make them play a personal role in helping rescue the captain. We believe that since online games play an important role in the lives of this segment of players, they (games) can be cleverly crafted to communicate global problems, their consequences and get young people involved in solving or at least in building awareness about these issues. has several similar online games in the pipeline, involving political, historical and global themes. creates and publishes online games for global audiences and is ranked amongst the top 50 global online gaming portals as ranked by comScore.

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