3 teenage boys among 7 Somalis facing death in Malaysia piracy case
Piracy suspects are escorted from a magistrate's hearing in Kuala Lumpur on January 31.
February 11th, 2011
10:41 AM ET

3 teenage boys among 7 Somalis facing death in Malaysia piracy case

Seven Somalis, including three boys under 15 years old, could face the death penalty if convicted on charges of firing on Malaysian armed forces while attempting to a hijack a merchant ship.

The seven appeared before a Malaysia magistrate in Kuala Lumpur on Friday to hear the charges against them. They did not enter a plea and were transferred to a prison to await the next court action, set for March 15, the Malaysian national news agency Bernama reported.

The charges stem from an attack on the container ship Bunga Laurel in the Gulf of Aden on January 20.

Malaysian authorities say the seven suspects fired on Malaysian navy commandos who were trying to rescue the Bunga Laurel from pirates. Three suspects were injured in the gunbattle, and the ship and its crew of 23 were rescued, according a report in The Star.

The Bunga Laurel was registered in Panama, owned by a Japanese company, crewed by Filipinos and chartered by a Malaysian company, according to news reports.

Prosecutors argued Friday that the attempted piracy endangered Malaysia's national security, providing legal authority for the seven to be tried in Malaysia, Bernama reported.

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  1. Phil

    Cool, hang them in public and put it on TV.

    February 11, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • texas border

      Trash needs to be taken out.....

      February 11, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard Morris


      February 11, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gracie50

      We can only hope the US learns from the actions of the Malaysian and South Korean governments on how to deal with these violent high-seas terrorists. The best defense would be "good old fashioned" US Navy and Coast Guard firepower. End of problem.

      February 11, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kam Ng

      Right on. These are small potato operatives. Hope the top pirates are found and hang, too.

      February 11, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      Gracie50...i agree one hundred percent. Unfortunately, we have idiots (such as the ACLU and others) that believe that, even though someone took a persons rights away from them, we still shouldn't take the criminals rights awa

      February 11, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fred

      Hang them? That would be cruel and unusual punishment in Malasia. They need to be caned BEFORE they're hung.

      February 11, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • George

      Absolutely! In fact, why even bother with a trial. We all know that they are guilty so they should just be killed now. Trials are such a waste of taxpayer money. So are laws for that matter. If someone appears to be guilty, just kill them and be done with it.

      February 11, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ian

      Wow, you guys are pretty fired up to see some 15 year olds face the death penalty.

      February 11, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • 631Laughlin

      I suggest that it is basically never appropriate to execute a teenager. I would wager these youths have been subject to influences from which you and I have been mercifully spared. This is not to excuse them, or to advocate they should not be punished. But hanging them is not an appropirate response for a humane and responsible society.

      February 11, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • RickD

      These Pirates should never get to the point where they are in front of a court, that only further wastes resources of nations affected both in terms of legal costs and incarcaration costs. Scuttle them to the bottom of the Indian Ocean, it minimizes costs and serves as a deterrent.

      February 11, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • JoePro

      If I remember correctly when they tried to take a US ship they got gunned down by the navy. The US doesn't play that crap. lol.

      February 11, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrEee

      I'm sure they were just out for a pleasure cruise when the military planted weapons on them and made it look like they had captured the other boat. Oh, maybe not... While I may think the death penalty is harsh (maybe life in prison would be more fair if they didn't kill anyone), maybe you shouldn't be committing these crimes in the first place since you're certainly taking the chance of being tried in a country that is going to go ahead an execute you.

      For the 'sure, blame them without a trial / forgive them' crowd, they knew what they were doing. You can't realistically think that if you hired an army of 15 year-olds to go around pirating vessels with weapons that the only one guilty is you. And yes, wait for the trial, but the fact may show that they were pirating a ship when they were caught – hard to just be in the wrong place at the wrong time in a case like that.

      February 11, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Earnán

      @ George:

      They were caught in the act. The Malaysians should have simply shot them in the head and thrown them overboard to feed the sharks.

      The death of criminals is a good thing.

      February 11, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrEee

      "Que all the fat, stupid american's and their death fantasies."- DTB

      _Queue_ the people who can't spell and don't understand that it's " fat, stupid Americans" – capital 'A', no apostrophe to be used in this context. But other than that, sure, whatever.

      February 11, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roscoe Chait

      They should walk the plank, like they did in the good old days... Davey Jones locker is waiting for them. It's absurd that piracy is tolerated in this day and age.

      February 11, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |

      ACTUALLY, it is america who should learn from malaysia and china on how to deal with trash..... how many problems do those countries have...... I doubt they have over 2 million people in jail....and another 5 million people free walking around on probation with their tax payer dollars paying for them....... I wish china would send some delegates over to the USA.....to replace our idiotic corrupt politicians .... we would be better off!!!...... and since they already own us..... its in our best interest if they lead us...... and maybe we could get out of debt....

      February 11, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |

      teenage or adult....does not matter....... cause sooner or later they will be adults..... just hang em now....and prevent years of lawbreaking............ I bet you idiots are the ones that say not to hang a kid after they just killed their parents.... its time for us all to bring back the old laws.............an eye for an eye.............. there would be so little crime..... deterence is the best solution......

      February 11, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Spelling_Nazi

      @MrEee- Oh, the irony. In this case, it's "cue".

      February 11, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |


      February 11, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • TIM

      I agree

      February 11, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • MikeofLA

      Hungry for Blood Much? These are KIDS! 3 are under 15! Obviously these kids were subject to poor influences and raised in a bad world. Hanging them, is far from the answer. What happened to you people that your lust for the death of another YOUNG human being is worn so easily on your sleeve. I don't think they should be let go, but come on, you all sound like a lyn.ch mob.

      February 11, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • jboh

      I agree. Pirates have always been executed. All executions should be public. If the public can't stand to see executions, they are acting ashamed of them. If you are ashamed of it, you should not do it.

      February 11, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard

      Execute them. These pirates get away with way too much. It's time to crush them.

      February 11, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Derka Derr

      @ George. Don't do any heavy thinking over there.

      February 11, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Derka Derr

      People, it would be smart to think before you speak or act, because someday you may be innocent and have a million people screaming "Hey, If he appears guilty!! kill him and be done with it!!". Of course, I assumed sadly we have been over that for a while now. Now, I'm sure that doesn't apply here, but at the same time it isn't a logical way to approach the subject. Soon enough we'll be torching people all over again. All stemming from a hanging, you know which!

      February 11, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Why even take them back to Malaysia? A short plank in the middle of the atlantic sounds good to me.

      February 11, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • h2o467

      I'd watch. Could be a huge pay per view event.

      February 11, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. adam

    i hate pirates

    February 11, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Barnacle Bill


      Ye'd n'er be sayin' that proper to a pirate's face, ye scalawag!

      February 11, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. six

    Hear the whole story before a rush to judgement......... then make them shark meat!

    February 11, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      LOL...its kind of hard to argue the facts: they attempted to hijack a malaysian boat, attempted to kill malaysians and causing terror on the high seas. And so many eye-witnesses too. BUT I KNOW IN THE USA, this would be tossed in and out of court hearings, and a lawyer would come thru, saying these people were forced into doing such things. Well, you have a choice no matter what. Even if someone held a gun to my head and told me to kill someone else, I wouldn't do it. I'm not a coward!!!

      February 11, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrEee

      Exactly. The news would say 'The suspects are accused of....' to avoid being sued, even though the fact here is that 'The pirates were caught by the Malaysian military while...'.

      February 11, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Martoon

    Such a waste, but they can blame only themselves.

    February 11, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • jaecikae

      Yeah...it must suck to starve.

      February 11, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Earnán


      They're well-fed and healthy.

      When I was in Somalia in '92 we were there to deliver food to the starving. I was there to prevent the food from being stolen by well-fed armed thugs like these pirates.

      For centuries Somalia has been ruled by thieves with weapons who rob and exploit those who grow the food and raise the livestock. Now they've got boats with motors and they want to try the same behavior on the outside world.

      February 11, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ACE

    Bet you the pirates think twice about attacking a Malaysian ship now.

    February 11, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • hopeland

      Are you kidding Ace? You dont think that this was the first time that a crime happened there do you? Criminals know the chances, they are just too dumb or desperate to care. We put murderers to death every year but that doesnt stop the senseless killing correct? I wish you were right, I really do, but I just dont see it.

      February 11, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Edward

      Yes we do execute murders all the time. No it doesn't stop others from murdering. But not once, as a matter of fact NEVER has anyone executed ever murdered again.

      February 11, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      @ hopeland...actually, we put only a very minute amount of murderers to death (in the USA). Most end up getting life in prison (with the chance of parole in 25 years), or they plead insanity and are back out in the public within 10-15 years, OR THEY END UP GETTING A MURDER 2 judgement instead of capital murder (because it was a crime of passion). So I am glad to see at least one country is getting it right. These pirates MEANT to do harm to others, MEANT to kill a person of the military (if they were able and lucky enough too) and MEANT to cause terror on the high seas........DO WE REALLY WANT THESE KINDS OF PEOPLE IN OUR SOCIETY...Once again, that is what is wrong with America.

      February 11, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      good response Edward...but giving the death penalty actually does hinder the amount of murderous crimes committed

      February 11, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. tim

    captain Jack Sparrow will not be happy to hear about this.

    February 11, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ken

    Arrr! Need me booty and swill! Arrr!

    February 11, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Roesler

    Arrrgh!!! Make em walk the plank!!

    February 11, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. texas border

    Bye skinnys.

    February 11, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hang-em high

      Treat them like good Mooslims and cover them in pigs blood before you kill them.

      February 11, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ian

      What is a "mooselm"?

      February 11, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • whatever

      Mooslims? really? Are you talking about thin cows? Please look up the correct spelling before putting your comment out for the public to read Mr. Dumas.

      February 11, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. the_dude

    Please do not hang them. Instead send them to america so they can live on welfare and section 8 housing. Make them the burden of the middle-class white american taxpayer like everything/everyone else is.

    February 11, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • scott

      hate to break it to you – but they already do – in minneapolis where they rob and kill people everyday

      February 11, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Truth

      White Americans are not the only ones who pay taxes and carry the burden, you Nimrod.....

      February 11, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jrod

      To the dud....White American middle class?
      Are white americans the only ones who pay taxes and work hard...racist pig! You are definitely Un-Amerikkkan!!!!!!!

      February 11, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |

      Come on, your'e being very un-dude!

      February 11, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gracie50

      That's EXACTLY what would happen if an attacked ship had been from the USA.

      February 11, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • JRuner2


      hahaha! Nice!

      February 11, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • MannyHM

      I wish we live in a world wherein nobody is hungry and nobody is on welfare. The truth though is that there are more whites than blacks on welfare because there are more whites percentage-wise.
      These pirates should be utilized to capture their comrades in Somalia in exchange for avoiding the death sentence.

      February 11, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Scott

    Why does it matter that 3 are teenagers? I don't really care. They had guns, knew how to use them, intended to kill if necessary, were cognizant, and well aware of what they were doing. What's the story here, the pirates or their age?

    February 11, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • texas border

      So turds will cry and beg for their lives.

      February 11, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      how's about because their country is desperately poor, the government is corrupt, and that is why this country has such a huge piracy problem. Take away the fishing that used to keep them employed, give them nothing to replace it...even teenagers get into the game. It's incredibly sad, the piracy is quite wrong and harmful to all concerned, but when people have no money and are starving, they take desperate measures. I feel very bad for these kids.

      February 11, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gracie50

      It's the bleeding-heart, liberal thinking mentality that will keep enabling this sort of thing to continue.

      February 11, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • rpb

      As I see this it is a Malaysian Problem as it should be and it will behoove us as Americans to abide, without interference to the decision of their judicial system. Which I am sure will be swift and fair to these Pirates. Between 1716 and 1726, over four hundred pirates were hanged by the English and no one had a problem with that, except for the Guest of Honor.

      February 11, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ian

      At what point is it not okay to put them down? 12? 9? At some point you have to say they're too young and look at other things like their surroundings which do influence behavior. People without structure turn into animals. I'm not even saying that 15 is too young. Maybe they do deserve to die, but I certainly won't celebrate killing a 15 year old. There are a lot of people blowing off work with some internet huevos out there talking really tough, who don't realize how easy their lives actually are.

      February 11, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Earnán

      @ Ian:

      If a 9 year old is sticking an AK-47 in innocent people's faces and threatening to murder them, then that pirate needs to die.

      The Malaysians should have shot them on the spot rather than wasting time and money on a trial.

      February 11, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      Gracie50, you are incorrect. It's your haves and have nots that will enable this to continue. It has nothing to do with bleeding heart liberals. Bleeding heart liberals just understand that starving teenagers will do what ever possible to feed themselves and their familiy. Lucky for you and me we won the birth lottery when we were born in the USA.

      February 11, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ian

      BTW, I have no problem with somebody shooting a 15 year old on site if they have an AK pointed at them. That's self defense. And again, I won't say whether or not the 15 year olds should be put to death, though my gut tells me that a 15 year old can be rehabilitated (adults can, so why not a teenager who was never given a chance). What I will say is that there are a lot of people celebrating their punishment and that speaks of bloodlust. I cannot enjoy a condemned teenager being put to death, and I think that it's sad that they're in that situation, regardless of what they did.

      February 11, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. fordman84

    Old enough to go out, take up arms, and try to steal or kill = old enough to die. Make an example of them. If I were 15 and told that I could make tons of money and the worst I will deal with is going to prison where I have a better chance at getting food, then I might do it. If I know that I might get hung or shot if I do the same, then maybe I choose a different profession.

    February 11, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • SoUmade URchoice

      When do you get out?

      February 11, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      You've clearly never been starving before.

      February 11, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ian

      So you admit that if you were starving you might be driven to crime? And yet you see punishing the people who might react the same way you would in this hypothetical situation with death as the logical solution? You yourself just said that in their shoes you might do the exact same thing. Are you over 15? Because that makes it much worse.

      February 11, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. alan

    I believe clearly this is George Bush's fault. Oh, and Cheney too.

    February 11, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • dike

      punishing such people has no effect on others need to educate them to find another way out in life...
      And Alan its your fault for electing such idiots......

      February 11, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  14. scott

    take them out to sea- and make them walk the plank, as this is what they do to sailors they hijack

    February 11, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Earnán

      The bleeding hearts don't give a toss about those murdered sailors-and there are hundreds of such victims of piracy every year.

      February 11, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. scott

    Send them to Canada our F'N Government will let them in give them everything for free!!!!

    February 11, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • rpb

      Wow, you have that problem too, I thought it was just me getting up and going to work to support a freebooter or two.

      February 11, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
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