NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Eleven Somali nationals accused in separate attacks on two U.S.Navy ships are due in a Norfolk courtroom for arraignment on piracyand other charges.
The defendants are scheduled to appear Wednesday before judgesin separate federal courtrooms to enter pleas on the piracy chargesand other counts contained in a superseding arraignment handed upearlier this month.
Six of the men are accused in the April 10 attack on the USSAshland. Five are charged with an alleged April 1 attack on the USSNicholas. The Virginia-based ships were patrolling pirate-infestedwaters off Africa.
The piracy charge carries a mandatory life term. All entered notguilty pleas at their previous arraignment.
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