Archive for 12/17/2011

gCaptain –

Two Somali men have been sentenced to life in prison for their role in the February hijacking of the S/V Quest and subsequent murder of the four Americans on board.

Mohamud Hirs Issa Ali, 32, and Jilani Abdiali, 20, both of Somalia, were handed down the sentence in Norfolk federal court yesterday.

Ali had pled guilty to piracy under the law of nations and hostage taking resulting in death on May 23, 2011 and Abdiali pled guilty to piracy under the law of nations on May 20, 2011.

“As Somali pirates expand their territory, they place more individuals’ lives at risk,” said U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride.

“These men willingly joined this group of pirates out of greed, knowing full well that their actions could – and did – lead to the death of their hostages.

They will spend their lives in prison for what they willingly chose to do and the lifetime of suffering and pain they thrust on the victims’ loved ones.”

Ali admitted to the court that he was the commander of the pirate ship when it left Somalia but added he did not personally shoot or order the shooting of the four Americans.

Ali received two concurrent terms of life in prison today. Meanwhile, Abdiali admitted that he willingly engaged in piracy for financial gain and participated in the pirating of the Quest and the taking of the four Americans on board as hostages.

He also warranted in his plea agreement that he did not personally shoot any of the Americans, nor did he instruct any other person to shoot the hostages.

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Portsmouth.co.uk –

She plucked fallen pilots from the North Sea and English Channel during the historic Battle of Britain.

Now RAF Rescue Launch boat HSL102 will be given a new lease of life.

The Second World War vessel, which is owned by Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust, based at College Road, Portsea, is being kitted out with three new engines.

The trust wanted to replace the existing ones, which are 10 years old, after inspectors detected faults this summer.

The upgraded vessel will then be open for public viewings and hire at Gunwharf Quays Marina.

Peter Goodship, chief executive of Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust, said: ‘In these challenging times, it is never easy to commit large sums of money, especially when they are un-budgeted.

‘But HSL102 is a truly unique boat which we hold in trust for the nation. ‘The trustees wished to see her remain afloat and operational for the benefit, enjoyment and use of future generations.’

Mermaid Marines, based at East Quay Road, in Poole, have now begun replacing the engines and the boat’s drive train.

The improvements will help to reduce fuel consumption and emissions and give the boat more life at sea.

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