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Topic - Klein Wolterink
Five Somali men were sentenced to prison Thursday for attacking a Dutch Antilles-flagged cargo ship with automatic weapons and a rocket-propelled grenade, in the first piracy case to come to trial in Europe in modern times.
Nonetheless, he said, he was swayed by the fact that the pirates "were only out for their own financial gain and didn't let themselves be troubled about damage or suffering caused to victims."
Prosecutors asked for seven-year sentences, but Judge Wolterink said he took into account the difficult conditions in Somalia that led the men to piracy.