Somali pirates capture another German ship

Pirates attacked a German-owned cargo ship flying under a Maltese flag and captured its 17-strong crew overnight in the Gulf of Aden, officials said Saturday.

Somali pirates capture another German ship
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“A cereal carrier has been seized overnight (Friday to Saturday) in the eastern part of the Gulf of Aden,” said Andrew Mwangura, of the Kenya-based East African Seafarers’ Assistance Programme, “It seems that its 17 crew members are unhurt.”

The Maltese-flagged vessel, Patriot, was owned by a Germany company and was attacked 150 nautical miles from the Yemeni port of Al-Mukalla, a spokesman for Ve Flotte, Nathan Christensen said.

The nationality of the crew was not known.

Mwangura added that a Philippine-flagged chemical tanker recently freed by Somali pirates had been refuelled and was on its way to the Kenyan port of Mombasa or Djibouti.

The MT Stolt Strength and its 23-man Filipino crew had been stranded after its release on Tuesday, low on fuel and supplies.

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German man jailed for killing petrol station worker in mask row

A 50-year-old German man was jailed for life Tuesday for shooting dead a petrol station cashier because he was angry about being told to wear a mask while buying beer.

German man jailed for killing petrol station worker in mask row

The September 2021 murder in the western town of Idar-Oberstein shocked Germany, which saw a vocal anti-mask and anti-vaccine movement emerge in response to the government’s coronavirus restrictions.

The row started when 20-year-old student worker Alex W. asked the man to put on a mask inside the shop, as required in all German stores at the time.

After a brief argument, the man left.

The perpetrator – identified only as Mario N. – returned about an hour and a half later, this time wearing a mask. But as he bought his six-pack of beer to the till, he took off his mask and another argument ensued.

He then pulled out a revolver and shot the cashier in the head point-blank.

On Tuesday, the district court in Bad-Kreuznach convicted Mario N. of murder and unlawful possession of a firearm, and handed him a life sentence.

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Under German law, people given a life sentence can usually seek parole after 15 years. His defence team had sought a sentence of manslaughter, rather than murder.

At the start of the trial, prosecutor Nicole Frohn told how Mario N. had felt increasingly angry about the measures imposed to curb the pandemic, seeing them as an infringement on his rights.

“Since he knew he couldn’t reach the politicians responsible, he decided to kill him (Alex W.),” she said.

Mario N. turned himself in to police the day after the shooting.

German has relaxed most of its coronavirus rules, although masks are still required in some settings, such as public transport.