Somali Pirates On Trial in France for Fatal Hijacking

Seven suspected Somali pirates are due in court in Paris on Tuesday over the hijacking of a French yacht that left the owner dead and his wife facing a hellish kidnapping ordeal.

Christian and Evelyne Colombo had sold everything to make their dream voyage around the world. But around lunchtime on Sept. 8, 2011, naval authorities received a distress signal from their “Tribal Kat” catamaran.

They had left the port of Aden in Yemen five days earlier and were heading for Oman, a journey that took them through notoriously pirate-infested waters.

A German frigate found the boat several hours later. There were bullet holes in the deck and a pool of blood with a pair of glasses floating in it. No one was onboard.

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