A South Korean appellate court has upheld a life sentence imposed on a Somali pirate for hijacking a ship and shooting its captain.
Five Somali pirates were captured during a raid on a hijacked South Korean-operated cargo ship in the Arabian Sea in January. The South Korean military operation killed eight pirates. During the raid the ship's South Korean captain was shot and wounded by a pirate.
A district court in the South Korean city of Busan subsequently sentenced one pirate to life in prison and four other pirates to between 13 and 15 years behind bars.
On Thursday the Busan High Court upheld most of the district court's ruling, though it reduced one pirate's sentence by three years.
Both the pirates and prosecutors have one week to appeal.