NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A federal judge has postponed the U.S. trial of six Somalinationals charged with piracy off the coast of Africa to give bothsides more time to prepare.
U.S. District Judge Raymond A. Jackson on Thursday pushed backthe trial to Oct. 19 from July. The suspects are charged in anApril 10 attack on the Navy vessel USS Ashland.
The Somalis, who don't speak English, are charged with piracyand related counts and could face life in prison if convicted.
The judge cited the potential for having to deal with classifiedinformation, the number of defendants, the language barrier andother hurdles in issuing the delay.
Five other accused pirates are also being held for trial inNorfolk on charges related to a March clash with the USSNicholas.
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