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The U.S. has reached a memorandum of understanding with Kenya to prosecute Somali pirates.

“Because there is no legal system in Somalia,” said James Thou Gathii, a law professor at Albany Law School, “they were looking for neighboring countries to take up the slack because Somalia couldn’t do it.”

Ten Somali pirates captured by the U.S. Navy in 2006 were each sentenced to seven years in prison, said Mr. Gathii, who recently wrote a law review article about Kenyan courts handling these cases.

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Ben Conery is a member of the investigative team covering the Supreme Court and legal affairs. Prior to coming to The Washington Times in 2008, Mr. Conery covered criminal justice and legal affairs for daily newspapers in Connecticut and Massachusetts. He was a 2006 recipient of the New England Newspaper Association’s Publick Occurrences Award for a series of articles about ...

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