RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Attorneys for six Somali nationals who allegedly attacked a U.S.Navy ship off the coast of Africa say the government's piracyprosecution is a stretch.
In a filing in Norfolk federal court, the attorneys contend theprosecutors' definition of piracy would make pirates out ofGreenpeace activists attempting to blockade a whaling ship.
The attorneys are asking a judge to dismiss piracy chargesagainst the six, who face mandatory life terms if convicted of theApril 10 attack on the USS Ashland off the coast of Africa.
The men's lawyers say they did not seize or rob the ship, sotheir alleged actions fall short of the legal definition ofpiracy.
The government said Tuesday it will respond in court.
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