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. Big Game James

    With so many people making redundant and infantile "pirate" references its obvious these teens get no compassion here. And for the "Keyboard Klan" members that keep harping on whose getting what for free in America, for the millionth time: THERE ARE MORE WHITES ON WELFARE THEN ANYBODY ELSE!! And also please feel free to envoke your precious first amendment rights and stand on your nearest "urban" street and voice your concerns out loud. Then we'll see how many booty jokes you can come up with!!

    February 11, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Not Mine

    Oohhhh "not of age of maturity" / "don't know what they were doing" / "they're just babies". Stop trying to judge another culture's activity by your own internal biased viewpoints. While you have standards for how you think your community should treat juveniles those standards do not apply in another culture. Just like their standards do not apply in your culture; otherwise I'm starting my own pirate gang and coming to your house first.

    February 11, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Question-Guy

    This whole Nation was founded by 'Pirates' – we say we found it, others (those who were living here) say we took it. So what's our punishment?

    February 11, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gilligan

      And who did the tribes who were in the US before Europeans arrived take the land from? The Indian Nations were at war with each other long before Europeans arrived up.

      February 11, 2011 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Kauaiguy

    Hey Rifleman,

    "...beer for my horses and whiskey for my men..." Willie Nelson

    February 11, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Dave L.

    More countries should follow their lead and execute pirates as they're caught. Once they get the message that people don't take too kindly to them hijacking and extorting money, no matter their economical position, maybe they'll stop.

    February 11, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. zero73

    Yup like others said, play in the big league you have to play by big league rules. Or you could release them so that that they can commit further acts of piracy later in life. Who knows maybe by the malaysians executing them they are depriving the world of the next successful pirate that goes after a family enjoying a vacation on their yacht. What are the malaysians thinking trying to execute these innocent young pirates? I mean it's not like they are killers... maybe we can reform them and give themso that they can later be recruited by a group like al qaeda so that they can get a quality education and go after ships that float in the sky. You can take the tiger out of the jungle and train it to be something else but it will always be a tiger that will likely turn on you. Just ask sigfried and roy.

    February 11, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Turp Griswald

    It is amazing what a 14-year-old will do when the prospect for a better life (if they study hard, go to college, etcetera) doesn't exist. One need only look to their local street gang to see the same thing here (in the US).

    February 11, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Davidloc

      @Turp Griswald Ya, that is the truely sad part of this story. Children can be taught to believe a fat guy in a red suit will give them toys if they are good. They can be told that strapping a bomb to themselves a blowing up a shop with let them find happiness. I cannot think of a punishment severe enough for anyone caught corrupting someone from a very young age. Even that they will come back after they die and that someone is flying through the sky watching over them if only they listen to whatever they are told. If this was the case for these kids then good luck to them getting through this.

      February 11, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. podulator

    Yeah – They're dust and the world is gonna be better for it. Take heed future recipients of the firing squad.

    February 11, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. john

    The ignorance of the facts here is astounding! How many posters took the time (about 60 seconds) to look into the history of this.

    Somalis in coastal regions made their living off of fishing as most coastal people do. Large corporate fishing fleets mostly from europe entered Somali territorial waters and fished the area till it was all fished out while the local fisherman protested. Then these same countries used the dead waters to dump their toxic waste. Now with no food or income and contaminated waters since they had no navy or coast guard strong enough to stop these looters and pillagers (the real pirates in this story?) some somalis (most initially were from the navy and coast guard!) in desperation took to arming themselves and try and fight off these foreigners with little success as they were outgunned. This was met with limited success. This led to the boarding of vessels again in their waters and seizing captains to get world attention to their plight and to make their waters "more risky" for these international corporate "pirates". This led to ransoms for money to feed their people back home.

    The media of course mentions none of this you can guess why.

    So next time look into the facts first so you can make informed intelligent comments.

    February 11, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gilligan

      The idiots aren't doing this for the public good. They're in it for the money. They got caught. It's all Allah's will anyway.

      February 11, 2011 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Commodore Norrington

    "I intend to see to it that any man who sails under a pirate flag or wears a pirate brand gets what he deserves: A short drop and sudden stop."

    February 11, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. D.B. Cooper

    These pirates are a cancer to the world. And just like any tumor they should be removed. Good for Malaysia.

    February 11, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Kevin

    They are pirates. They know what the business end of a AK-47 is. They know who the good guys are. All this talk of them being too young is crap, people from countries outside the US do not view age as we do they are considered adults and should be held accountable as such.

    February 11, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. iduna

    You want to play with the big dogs, you might just get bitten. If found guilty, they should face the same penalty as the rest. That includes the death penalty. (Support the death penalty in every State and in Canada)

    February 11, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Res Ipsa

    These pirates are not doing this for love of country or anything remotely resembling patriotism. This is being done purely for greed and monetary gain. Had they killed someone would we tell the family..."They were just kids so it's ok"? Punishment has multiple purposes, not the least of which is a deterrent to others. If they are let go, what is to stop these degenerates from using nothing but "kids" to avoid all punishment? It is time to send a message to these sub-humans and that message needs to be sent emphatically.

    February 11, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |

    Good, that is something they understand.

    February 11, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
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