The death penalty is for the pirates of Somalia

By Piracy

Ten Somali pirates accused of hijacking a United Arab Emirates vessel must receive the death penalty, said the public prosecutor, yesterday.
The Federal Court heard the men were guilty of crimes "repulsive to the human self" and deserved the biggest penalty available.
The prosecutor told a verse from the Quran: "The only reward of those who make war upon Allah and His messenger and strive after corruption in the land is going to be that they will be killed or crucified, or have their hands and feet on alternate sides cut off, or will be expelled out of the land."
He added: "Islam has set Al Haraba [the penalties mentioned in the verse] as part of Sharia penalties out of concern for society."
The prosecution has presented the case as a ta'azeeri, or secular, crime, which means the maximum penalty would be a death sentence.
But should the court decide to try the case under Sharia, a public punishment could take place.
The prosecutor told the men "cut off all the cables for telecoms and navigation, set up fires ... placed bombs in the chimneys and caused the injury of two crew members - an Egyptian and a Syrian."
Counter-terrorism units stormed the oil carrier MV Arrilah in April after it was kidnapped in the Arabian Sea east of Oman, en route from Australia to Jebel Ali.
Ahmed Al Othali, representing the 10 accused pirates, told the case files didn`t include a technical report proving bombs and firearms were used.
He asked for a copy and for the court to adjourn the case. The judge told they would resume on May 1.