Spain tries 6 Somalis for piracy after ship attack

MADRID (AP) Six Somalis who allegedly attacked a Spanish warship in 2012 off the coast of Somalia went on trial in the Spanish capital, with prosecutors seeking a 23-year sentence for each defendant.

A National Court spokesman said Monday the six are charged with piracy, weapon possession and membership of a criminal group.

The six were arrested in January 2012 following a shootout when they allegedly tried to board the Patino vessel. The Defense Ministry said the attackers possibly mistook the warship for a freighter.

The six claim they are fishermen and had approached the ship for help.

The Patino formed part of a European Union flotilla fighting piracy in the Indian Ocean.

The trial is expected to end Wednesday.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of court rules.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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