May 18th, 2010
03:41 AM ET

Accused Somali pirate to appear in New York court

A Somali suspect accused of trying to hijack a U.S. vessel is scheduled to be in New York courtroom Tuesday.

Abduwali Abdukhadir Muse is accused of trying to hijack the U.S.-flagged Maersk Alabama in the Indian Ocean in April 2009. He is also charged with in two additional hijackings.

Muse is expected to be present at a pretrial hearing Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET in a federal court in New York, according to court documents.

Muse faces charges including piracy; seizing a ship by force; kidnapping and hostage taking - along with charges of possessing a machine gun in the commission of other offenses. If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of life in prison.

The Maersk Alabama was attacked about 350 miles off the Somali coast, authorities have previously said. Muse allegedly demanded that the ship be stopped, then he and others allegedly took a life boat and held the captain of the ship - Capt. Richard Phillips - hostage on it.

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  1. eric

    I've said it before. There is no point in trying pirates, let alone jailing them. Expensive, time-consuming, and not a deterrent. The right way to handle them is sink their boat with he pirates on board. Cheap, traditional, and 100% effective.

    The way Farragut cleaned 'em out was to cannonade their nests. If we did that, the hand-wringers would shriek, because women and kids would be killed, too, which I do NOT advocate. But pirates are like hornets - they'll keep on stinging you til their nest is destroyed.

    May 18, 2010 at 6:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Marco

      It's an old problem, it should be handled with old solutions...
      In the 16th century Pirates were either hung or were to walk the plank with an iron ball attached to their feet... take a pick!

      May 18, 2010 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      I agree with both of you. Why use our rules when they don't care about rules. Use their rules, sink them or shoot them.

      May 18, 2010 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
    • james faith

      I;m sorry this violence calls for redirected violence. We need to make an example out of these monsters. Look I agree in due process and the American way of justice, but someday we are going to have to realize that the course of action in situations like these call for a 5.56 or 7.62 round. If all they are going to do is see some jail time, and of course getting a bed and 3 squares a day the rest will not stop. I am sorry but maybe we should look to the European justice system or even the Arab way/ code of hamarabi. An eye for an eye. Drug dealers murderers and pedophiles get their lives ended.Stop trying to baby the rest of the bad parts of the world, quit kissing other countries rears, and don't be afraid to do what is politically incorrect or frowned upon. If you are not legally supposed to be in this country, you need jailed and then deported. Many immigrants have done things the right way. And they have turned out to be model citizens. That is why our country is going down the crapper.

      May 18, 2010 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
    • jon mikleson

      Simple to resolve put them up against the wall and shoot them

      November 24, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. mr. mark

    Piracy is a growing problem – but trying an illiterate 3rd world kid who has zero idea of what is happening to him really isn't justice and America is better than that. Send him to college, but not to prison – or did 8 years of hard core rightism make us so joyless that we'll jail a foreign teen for life over something he can't comprehend?

    May 18, 2010 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Mr. Mark, what planet are you from?? You are an idiot! How about YOU pay for his degree and buy him a house right next to you? Had it been me, I would have shot him, like his buddies got!!!

      May 18, 2010 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
    • OB

      Send him to college? That might be the most ridiculous thing I have seriously ever heard. Get a life you hippie.

      May 18, 2010 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Wow, I think you should be thrown in jail for being such a liberal. "It's not his fault," B.S! We all make choices, and you must suffer the consequences. Everyone knows right from wrong...EVERYONE. Go jump off a bridge Mr. Mark, and I am sure one of your liberal friends will say that it is the bridge makers fault for making it so high.

      May 18, 2010 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Mr Mark must be on crak

      When you are 18 you are tried as an adult in US courts. Why should this be different. Even though he might not be able to read, all societies, even in 3rd world countries have morals and ethics IE its not right to steal, kidnap or threaten people with weapons. This kid is old enough to understand what was going on, he made the choice.

      I cannot believe you think we should send this kid to college. Great, another person we taxpayers have to support.

      May 18, 2010 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  3. HeebieJeebie

    Hey Mr. Mark! I have a great idea. Why don't you adopt him?

    May 18, 2010 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
  4. Daniel, Palm Beach, FL

    $.05 for a bullet is a far more effective deterrant than flying a pirate to NYC, jailing him, and costing tens of thousands of dollars for a trial. That's just the start.. Why should the tax-payers spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on this guy for a lifetime in prison?

    May 18, 2010 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
  5. chris austin

    I thought congress was suposed to deal with piracy. Article 1 section 8 :To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offenses against the Law of Nations;

    May 18, 2010 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
  6. Shane

    Well, as long as he sports the proper amount of eyeliner, a feather adorned Monmouth Cap and a tenacious amount of panache, he should be able win over the hearts of Americans and the likes of Simon Cowell......right?........right?

    May 18, 2010 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
  7. LH

    Send him to college? You mean we, the American people, should foot the bill to send this felon, this murderous pirate, to college? Why don't we just go ahead and adopt the entire country? We can then all work to pay for them....

    But I do agree that a trial is a waste of time. This individual was in the company of pirates, was a member of the pirate crew, was captured with them. He is guilty, he knew what he was doing, and he willingly participated in it. Execute him. End of story there.

    As for the "nests" where they roost... a few well placed Tomahawk Missiles and problem solved. A little collateral damage is to be expected, but then they don't seem to mind butchering non-combatants to take ships and ransom them.

    May 18, 2010 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
  8. fred

    Pirates should be hanged at the site of their capture or at least walk the plank.

    May 18, 2010 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  9. Arrrr!!!!

    The funny thing is they actualy think they can win this "stealing boats for money" buisness. It can be very risky BUT we already had an incounter with these sooo called pirates against our US Navy Seals and we have heard how STUPID these Idiot pirates are. I say we should take over Somali and calm this crap down.

    May 18, 2010 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  10. Wesley Pittman

    Pirates should be hung from the tallest place and be made a spectacle of. Down to Davy Jones' locker he should go. That's what normal nations would do immediately.

    May 18, 2010 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  11. Justice

    I think watching his friends' heads blow-up was enough deterrent.

    May 18, 2010 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Clearly not because they are still doing it over there. Blow his head up too, and that's one less pirate. End of story.

      May 18, 2010 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  12. Simon D'Og

    Give all pirates holding ships 24 hours to get off the ship safely, and announce there will be take no survivors raids on the ships after that time followed by disciplinary airstrikes on their home base. Furthermore, announce that any seizure of a US flagged vessel will result in immediate military action against the ship, followed by one disciplinary airstrike for every crew or passenger hurt of killed. These people are rational – if the consequence of seizing a US ship is having one of their towns reduced to a smudge, they will find another line of work. Of course, Obama would need to grow a couple to pull this off. Also, let ships arm themselves with Dillon Areo's M134's.

    May 18, 2010 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Enrique

      "one disciplinary airstrike for every crew or passenger hurt of killed"

      This justification to kill civilians is the same one that terrorists use to blow up a mall full of woman and children.

      Pictures of children dismembered by US bombs are the most valued asset for Al Qaeda recruiters.

      Hopefully we are not terrorists.

      May 18, 2010 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  13. Arrrr!!!!

    The land of the pirates were we never get old
    holding up ships as we get gold
    Something upon the forhead lies a red dot
    A blink of an eye we were all shot
    We thought the number of pirates would be short
    But here comes one in the USA court

    May 18, 2010 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  14. Waffles

    I think when a pirate boat approaches, they should sink it. If there are any survivors, let them swim back to shore (if they can).

    May 18, 2010 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      I like your thinking.

      May 18, 2010 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  15. Beasley

    The pirate bosses live in these Somali coastal towns. Most of them probably just equip the pirate boats and hire the crews. They probably don't go out much themselves. They're also not likely to be hding in the mountains. So, how hard can it be to put some "boots on the ground" and find the guy with the Mercedes, the big house and the bling? If you want to solve the problem, you've got to go in and take out the guys at the top.

    Get this kid to tell us who hired him. Can't anyone in Washington figure this out?

    May 18, 2010 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
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