Final jury selection in Somali piracy case delayed
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- Jury selection in the case of a Somali man accused of being a pirate negotiator is expected to continue Wednesday.
Mohammad Saaili Shibin faces piracy, weapons and other charges for his role in the 2011 hijacking of an American yacht off the coast of Africa. All four passengers onboard were shot and killed several days after their sailboat was captured.
More than 70 prospective jurors showed up to the federal courthouse in Norfolk on Tuesday.
U.S. District Judge Robert Doumar dismissed about a dozen jurors and said he planned to have a jury seated by noon Wednesday. He stopped jury selection short Tuesday because someone was involved in a bad car accident. He did not say who that was or how that person is related to the case.