Author Claims Somali Pirates Burned 1 Million Copies Of Book After Hijacking

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File photo of a Somali pirate. (credit: ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of a Somali pirate. (credit: ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The author of a novel about a man involved with fraud says in a court filing that Somali pirates burned more than 1 million copies of his book when they hijacked an American yacht, although no evidence supporting his claims has publicly surfaced.

Darren Keys wants to be recognized as a victim of 14 men charged with piracy in the hijacking of the yacht Quest, which resulted in the deaths four Americans.

In a handwritten filing, Keys says the Quest was carrying his novel from New York to Iran and that pirates demanded $10 million for his books. The Quest is a 58-foot yacht whose retired owners had been sailing around the world in, often delivering Bibles.

A hearing on Keys’ motion is scheduled on Thursday in federal court.

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