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Law Enforcement to Announce Indictment of 13 Somalis and One Yemeni Charged with Piracy, Kidnapping

March 10, 2011

NORFOLK – Federal law enforcement will hold a press conference TODAY, MARCH 10, at 1:00 P.M. announcing the federal grand jury indictment of 13 men from Somalia and one Yemeni for allegedly pirating a yacht and taking hostage four U.S. citizens, who were ultimately killed before their release could be secured.

            The initial appearances are expected to begin at 2:30 p.m. at the federal courthouse in Norfolk before United States Magistrate Judge Tommy E. Miller.


            WHO:             Neil H. MacBride, U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of Virginia
Diego Rodriguez, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s New York Field

                                    Alex J. Turner, Special Agent in Charge, FBI's Norfolk Division

                                    Mark Russ, Special Agent in Charge of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS)


            WHEN:          TODAY, MARCH 10, 2011
                                    1:00 P.M.

            WHERE:       U.S. Attorney’s Office
                                    101 W. Main St., 8th Floor
Norfolk, VA

                                    OPEN PRESS



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