US Gov. Responds to Defense Motions in Va. Piracy Case

June 23, 2010

The government is responding to defense motions filed by attorneys representing Somali nationals accused of piracy in an alleged attack on a U.S. Navy ship.

In electronic filings posted Tuesday, U.S. attorneys argued against a bid to move the trial out of Norfolk and several other defense motions. The other filings are aimed at motions to dismiss the piracy charges.

The exchange of legal filings involve the six defendants accused in the April 10 attack on the USS Ashland in the Gulf of Aden off Somalia's pirate-infested coast.

Five other Somali men are being prosecuted separately in Norfolk on charges related to a March 31 attack on the frigate USS Nicholas west of the Seychelles.

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