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    Somali pirate arrives in NYC, awaits court hearing

    Somali pirate arrives in NYC, awaits court hearing - Breaking News - The Modesto Bee

    The Associated Press: Somali pirate arrives in NYC, awaits court hearing

    Somali pirate arrives in NYC, awaits court hearing


    By VIRGINIA BYRNE - Associated Press Writer

    NEW YORK -- The sole surviving Somali pirate from the hostage-taking of an American ship captain arrived in New York on Monday, smiling for a gaggle of cameras and reporters as federal agents led him into custody to face charges in the attack.

    Abduhl Wali-i-Musi (AHB'-dul wahl-ih-MOO'-sih) was handcuffed and had a chain wrapped around his waist. His left hand was heavily bandaged from the wound he suffered during the skirmish on the ship two weeks ago.

    The smiling teenager seemed poised as he entered a federal building in a rainstorm, but he didn't say anything in response to reporters' shouted questions about whether he had any comment about the pirate episode.




    AP Photo - FBI agents escort Somali pirate U.S. officials identify as Abduhl Wali-i-Musi into FBI headquarters at 26 Federal Plaza, Monday, April 20, 2009, in New York. Abduhl Wal-i-Musi is the sole surviving Somali pirate from the hostage-taking of commercial ship captain Richard Phillips.

    Wali-i-Musi is the first person to be tried in the United States on piracy charges in more than a century. He was flown from Africa to a New York airport and taken into custody ahead of a court hearing Tuesday.

    A law enforcement official familiar with the case said that the teenager was being charged under two obscure federal laws that deal with piracy and hostage-taking. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the charges had not been announced.

    The teenager's arrival came on the same day that his mother appealed to President Barack Obama for his release. She says her son was coaxed into piracy by "gangsters with money."

    "I appeal to President Obama to pardon my teenager; I request him to release my son or at least allow me to see him and be with him during the trial," Adar Abdirahman Hassan said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press from her home in Galka'yo town in Somalia.

    The age and real name of the young pirate remained unclear. The mother said he is only 16 years old and is named Abdi Wali Abdulqadir Muse. The law enforcement official says he is at least 18, meaning prosecutors will not have to take extra legal steps to put him on trial in a U.S. court.

    The suspect was taken aboard a U.S. Navy ship shortly before Navy SEAL snipers killed three of his colleagues who had held Capt. Richard Phillips hostage.

    The U.S. officials said the teenager was brought to New York to face trial in part because the FBI office here has a history of handling cases in Africa involving major crimes against Americans, such as the al-Qaida bombings of two U.S. embassies in East Africa in 1998.

    Ron Kuby, a New York-based civil rights lawyer, said he has been in discussions about forming a legal team to represent the Somalian.

    "I think in this particular case, there's a grave question as to whether America was in violation of principles of truce in warfare on the high seas," said Kuby. "This man seemed to come onto the Bainbridge under a flag of truce to negotiate. He was then captured. There is a question whether he is lawfully in American custody and serious questions as to whether he can be prosecuted because of his age."

    Associated Press Writers Tom Hays in Riverside, Calif., Devlin Barrett in Washington, Larry Neumeister in New York and Malkhadir M. Muhumed in Nairobi, Kenya, contributed to this report.


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    That defense attorney needs to shut the fuck up. As far as I'm concerned that pirate shouldn't even be alive still. I just read the other news story about NATO forces releasing captured pirates that were firing on vessels but then letting them go because they had no "authority". Fuck that!!! We need to blow them out of the water and let the sharks clean it up. When enough of them end up dead then the acts will stop. Then again people say I'm wierd.
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    God, woudn't it be nice if a ship full of attorneys was hijacked? Say the hijackers killed most of them and one of their douchebag bottom-feeder brethren would represent their killers. I'd love the irony.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pgg View Post
    That defense attorney needs to shut the fuck up. As far as I'm concerned that pirate shouldn't even be alive still. I just read the other news story about NATO forces releasing captured pirates that were firing on vessels but then letting them go because they had no "authority". Fuck that!!! We need to blow them out of the water and let the sharks clean it up. When enough of them end up dead then the acts will stop. Then again people say I'm wierd.
    You are weird. That is beside the point. Now that his mother wants "Little Johnny" home , I'm sure that the Obama Administration will arrange for him to be written a summons for piracy and released into the cutody of his mother. I actually agree with the defense lawyers. We shouldn't have captured his ass , he was under a flag of truce. We should have throwned him back on the out of gas life boat with his dead buddies bodies and let him go. That's if the lifeboat wasn't U.S. property. Then it would be over the side with him. I wonder how long he would have lasted without food or water floating around in the middle of the ocean. Lawyers are so smart.
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    He looks like a seriously pissed off Skinny.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SPD View Post
    God, woudn't it be nice if a ship full of attorneys was hijacked? Say the hijackers killed most of them and one of their douchebag bottom-feeder brethren would represent their killers. I'd love the irony.
    I like the way you think, brother , but I fail to see a criminal offense in your post.
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    Hang them on the spot. Worked before and will work just fine now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CTR man View Post
    The sole surviving Somali pirate from the hostage-taking of an American ship captain arrived in New York on Monday, smiling for a gaggle of cameras and reporters as federal agents led him into custody to face charges in the attack.
    He smiles because he knows of our government's concern to be "decent" and "humane" in dealing with terrorists like him. IMHO, when dealing with pirates, justice should be administered while still at sea, as was the case for his three co-perpetrators.
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