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Seychelles Jails Five Somali Pirates for 18 Years, Nation Says

July 1 (Bloomberg) -- A court in the Seychelles sentenced five Somali pirates to 18 years in prison for attacking French ships in the Indian Ocean, the Seychelles Nation reported.

Supreme Court judge Duncan Gaswaga yesterday found the men guilty of attacking two French fishing vessels with rocket-propelled grenades and small arms, the newspaper said. The attack took place on Nov. 17, it said. The pirates were captured by the Seychelles Coast Guard with help from surveillance aircraft.

To contact the reporter on this story: Brian Latham in Johannesburg at blatham@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Antony Sguazzin in Johannesburg at asguazzin@bloomberg.net.

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