Somali pirate faces life in prison

22Apr09

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Now that Abdiwali Abdiqadir Muse’s age has been determined — he’s supposedly 18, not 15, as previously reported by his legal team — the young Somali “pirate” faces life in prison. He appeared in a federal court in Manhattan yesterday and according to official reports, Muse was the first to board the Maersk Alabama on April 8, armed with a gun he fired at Captain Richard Phillips. Muse, who conducted himself as the ringleader while aboard the ship, is the only surviving suspect from the attack.

Not only has Muse been charged with piracy under the law of nations, which carries a mandatory life sentence, but he has also been charged with conspiracy to seize a ship by force; aiding and abetting the discharge of a firearm during a conspiracy to seize a ship by force; discharging a firearm; conspiracy to commit hostage taking; and brandishing a firearm. He is the first person charged for piracy in the U.S. in more than 100 years.

Speak your peace.



One Response to “Somali pirate faces life in prison”

  1. 1 OG

    Doesn’t take a genius to know that the people “determining” his age was the US Government. “Yeah yeah, he’s 18, can we try him as an adult now?”



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