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Archive for December, 2011

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

AFP - The Assize Court of Paris delivered Wednesday acquitted and five sentences of 4 to 8 years in prison in the trial of six Somalis tried for the hostage-taking of the yacht Carré d'As in 2008 in the Gulf Aden.

These penalties are much lower than 6 to 16 years in prison, which had been requested by the prosecution, deemed "particularly serious" by the defense who had pleaded for the acquittal of two defendants and for other extenuating circumstances.

Lawyers and defendants are mostly congratulated the announcement of the verdict."Thanks," he said in French, before issuing a desire to shake hands with the former hostages.

Jean-Yves Delanne, 63 years old salt known as "Captain Haddock", and his wife Bernadette, who reside in Polynesia, had then welcomed the six men, wishing them "good luck".

In their first statement, the couple Delanne were surprised by their humanity with regard to these six young Somalis, according to their statements, they had not ever disrespect.

The former hostages had nevertheless straightforwardly explained the facts, the roles of each other, situations, fear of Mrs. Delanne and "rants" of her husband.