A German court sentenced a Somali pirate to 12 years in prison for leading the seizure of an  oil tanker in 2010.

The state court in Osnabrueck on Thursday convicted the 44-year-old man of kidnapping and extortion in the hijacking of the German-operated Marida Marguerite off Somalia.

German privacy rules prohibit releasing names of most criminal defendants.

“The defendant was arrested last May at a center for asylum seekers in Germany,” the AP said.

The Marida Marguerite’s 22 crewmembers were tortured during the hijacking, the court said.

After seven months, a $5 million ransom payment was made.

The defendant was one of the last pirates to leave the ship, according to the court.


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