Appeals hearing set in Somali pirate convictions

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Appeals hearing set in Somali pirate convictions

The first hearing in an appeal of the convictions of the five Somali pirates who hijacked the Samho Jewelry freighter in January will be held on Aug. 11 at 2 p.m. in Busan High Court.

According to Busan High Court, the five pirates involved in the hijacking, which also included the shooting of the captain of the ship, have appealed the verdict due what they say is a lack of evidence. Captain Seok Hae-gyun, 58, remains hospitalized due to the seriousness of his injuries.

During the trial, Arai Mohamed was given a life sentence for shooting Captain Seok. Brallat Aul was given a 15-year prison sentence for using sailors as human shields.

Aul and two other pirates, Abdullah Ali and Ali Abukad-Aeman, were found guilty of several other counts and were given 15 years, 13 years and 13 years, respectively.

The fifth pirate, Abdullah Hussein Mahamud, was given 15 years.

The five Somalis insist the punishment they received is too harsh, saying the Korean prosecutors did not secure enough evidence for the charges.

Among the five, Mahamud has a new attorney, Lee Seong-ryeol, and the other four Somalis, including Arai Mohamed, will keep their current public defenders.

The appeals trial will not be open to the public.

By Kwon Sang-soo []

한글 관련 기사 [CBS노컷]
삼호주얼리호 해적사건 항소심 다음달 8일부터 진행

삼호주얼리호를 납치했던 소말리아 해적 5명에 대한 항소심이 다음달 8일 첫 재판을 시작으로 본격 진행된다.

부산고법 형사1부(최인석 부장판사)는 마호메드 아라이(23) 등 5명에 대한 첫 재판을 8월 8일 오후 2시 부산법원 301호 법정에서 연다고 밝혔다.

재판부는 1심에서 국민참여재판을 받은 아라이 등 해적 4명의 변호인은 1심과 같은 국선 변호인을 선임했고, 일반재판을 받은 압둘라 후세인 마하무드(20)는 한기춘 변호사 대신 이성열 변호사를 국선 변호인으로 선임했다.

일반재판으로 진행되는 항소심은 피고인 5명이 함께 재판을 받는다.

이에 앞서 무기징역을 선고받은 아라이는 석해균 선장에게 총격을 가했다는 혐의가 불충분한데도 유죄판결을 받았다며 항소했다.

징역 13~15년을 선고받은 마하무드 등 4명은 선원들을 인간방패로 섰다는 혐의 등에 대해 무죄를 주장하며 양형부당을 이유로 항소했다.
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