Jury selection to resume in Somali piracy case

April 18, 2012 - 3:05 AM

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Jury selection will resume in the federal trial of a Somali man accused of being a pirate negotiator.

Mohammad Saaili Shibin faces piracy, weapons and other charges for his role in the 2011 hijacking of an American yacht off the coast of Africa. All four passengers were shot and killed days later.

The yacht owners, Jean and Scott Adam of Marina del Rey, Calif., along with friends Bob Riggle and Phyllis Macay of Seattle, were the first U.S. citizens killed in pirate attacks that have plagued the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean.

Prosecutors say Shibin never boarded the yacht, but acted as a land-based negotiator who researched victims online to determine how much of a ransom to seek.

Jury selection in Virginia started is expected to be completed Wednesday.