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. Barbara

    OMG – and I thought only bleeding heart liberals read CNN. All you capital punishment proponents need to now start telling your true feelings (as many of you have on the piracy issue) about what we need to do in our own country regarding illegals, the current administration and how they've totally screwed our future generations from attaining the American dream, the abhorant jobless rate (let's be real – 9% unemployment we're 1% short of having the same rate as Syria) and the list goes on and on and on!!!!!!!

    February 11, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JIM

    If you are old enough to commit piracy on high seas, you are old enough to die. Basically I am against the death penalty but in this case I would look the other way.

    February 11, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. WHALEOFIDEA

    How about kill them and thier whole families...cause that is all they do over there is breed like flies. This world is full of flies and blood suckers. Kill them all and lets get on with the next case.

    February 11, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. The green monster

    They come from a very poor country and the gov't hardly exists.In thier way of thinking, this is the only way they can help thier families and villages. As they say in the movies; the is'nt personal, it's business. I'm not saying it is right, but that's the way it is.

    February 11, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. hangman

    I'm trying to picture those seven, each with a steel cable looped around his neck, tightening as the weight of their bodies pull down on the strands of wire, reducing the neck to no more than the diameter of the cervical vertabrae, severing the esophagus, trachea, jugular veins, and carotid arteries. The lower extremities dance for a few moments in an involutary action of trying to support the body. Then the body relaxes and lets go....

    February 11, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. pitung

    This is long overdue and I am glad that Malaysia is the pioneer to put these pirates to death! How can these primitive pirates take over so many cargo ships and nothing has been done by the owners? This death sentence should teach
    the pirates a lesson including Sudan.

    February 11, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. fishfry001

    Yawn. Is there really a reason to care about this headline?

    February 11, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Peter E

    But pirates are cool! I saw the Hollywood movies! Living a life of depravity, leeching off civilization by robbing and killing innocent people is cool! Isn't that what American legends of pirates teach us?

    February 11, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Johnny Depp is cool! That means all pirates are cool! Their machine gunning of unarmed merhcant crews are awesome because they are funny! Let them kill all they want because I saw Pirates of the Caribbean!

    February 11, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Lawl

    Awesome. I wish we had laws like this. We either give them the ransom or capture them and give them a 1st class flight home to their native country only to do it again and repeat the cycle. Good for Malaysia!

    February 11, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Wilbur

    Good I hope they execute ALL of them.

    February 11, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. GPS

    Hang all seven and too bad that there are three teenagers among them!! Stick their dead bodies in cages and hang them from the bows of merchant ships that sail past the Somalia coast as a warning to the other dirt bag would be Pirates!!

    February 11, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Dee

    Accountability. Responsibility. Here's the thing though: whenever an adult commits an atrocious crime against a kid I don't hear the public shouting for the death of the adult, but whenever a kid does anything remotely wrong, I hear the public shouting for the kid to be put to death. Nowhere on this planet do children have rights but they are the first we supposedly civilized adults want to hold accountable and responsible when something goes wrong. We don't hold ourselves to the same level of accountability or responsibility but yes we most definitely hold the children to it.

    February 11, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  14. hank

    Make them walk the plank.

    February 11, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. drcid777

    The seven probably should have been blown up on the water which would be an understandable response by the Malasian Navy or anyone reading these posts when people are shooting at you

    February 11, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
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