120 pirates to plead guilty
Some 80 witnesses, including 18 foreign nationals, have been examined by the court and only 15 are yet to be produced.
Somali govt tells court 120 of its nationals will plead guilty to piracy charges
Written by Srinath Rao
The Somali government informed the city Civil and Sessions Court on Thursday that 120 of its nationals undergoing trial in Mumbai intended to plead guilty to charges of piracy. The pirates want to submit a guilty plea in the hope of expediting the trial which is inching towards the final stages.
“The communication received from the Embassy of the Republic of Somali states that the accused intend to plead guilty. The letter is accompanied by signatures of the 120 accused,” said Special Public Prosecutor Ranjit Sangle.
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