RICHMOND, Va. — The conviction of a Somali man believed to be the highest-ranking pirate captured by the U.S. is headed for a federal appeals panel in Virginia.
A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond is scheduled to hear the case Tuesday of Mohammad Saaili Shibin. He was sentenced last August to a dozen life sentences for his role in two brutal hijackings off Africa. One involved a German merchant vessel, the other a U.S. yacht.