Pirates who abducted SA couple jailed

By Khanyisa Tabata
13 August 2011

Dutch court has sentenced two Somali pirates to six and seven years in prison respectively for their role in the abductions of two South Africans off a yacht in the Seychelles last year.

The Rotterdam judge remarked that extreme violence had been used during the attack.

Three other men, including the pirate group's 23-year-old leader, were sentenced to between four-and-a-half and five-and-a-half years for complicity to piracy.

Bruno Pelizzari and Debbie Calitz are still being held at an unknown location, with a 10-million-dollar ransom being demanded for their release.


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