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. ceekwon

    wow 15? they looks older than me and im 24 krzy

    February 11, 2011 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bobbb

    So what method does Malaysia use to execute these idiots? Does it matter what the crime was? I vote for one firing squad and one guilotine and strangle one by hanging (not the neck snapping). Get them all together and hang the first guy and just as he starts to stop kicking and jerking around, guilotine the next guy so the other two can see his blood spirting all over the place; then shoot the last guy.

    February 11, 2011 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sherri

    Maybe it will serve as an example to the other Somalians who want to do this. This has become an epidemic. They even tried to attack a cruise ship a few days ago. If you do the crime......

    February 12, 2011 at 3:33 am | Report abuse |
  4. Kraken

    The Somalis should count their blessings, the Malaysian Navy SEALs (called PASKAL) even brought them back, fed-bath-clothe them and have their faces on newspapers, frontpage!

    February 12, 2011 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Kraken

      A video from Malaysia news. The pirates boarding air-cond bus, first-class service 🙂


      February 12, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. renaldorae

    Them pirates need to be punished to the fullest extent of the law. The should be shown no mercy at all. Folks are trying to conduct business and these bums are trying to extract millions from the shipping companies. Now its about time someone extracted some blood from these pirates and the sooner the better.

    February 12, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. vrim

    Malaysia, kill 'em dead. When that's done, somebody kill all them Muslims in Malaysia. Kill kill kill!
    – A conservative

    February 13, 2011 at 3:52 am | Report abuse |
    • SB

      People like you put conservatives to shame. Go educate yourself.

      February 16, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Winfield


    February 14, 2011 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • AniMeyhem!

      Agree with you that arming the merchant ships would cut down on piracy. Wouldn't require much; a few Ma Deuces on the sponsons along with a spattering of 20 or 40 millimeters. I haven't seen a single fishing sloop or speedboat afloat that can take that kind of punishment, whereas cargo ships can take multiple hits from RPGs and small arms.

      There are a few problems with your idea, however...

      1. Per maritime law, merchant ships are prohibited from arming themselves. There would also be problems pulling into port with weapons onboard ship which would require special security arrangements both on the ship and the pier; which would mean higher costs to the company for ship berthing.

      2. In todays litigious society, if one of the sailors on the merchant ship was injured or killed fighting off the pirates, he could sue the freighter company for an unsafe work environment which would translate into higher insurance cost for the company.

      February 15, 2011 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  8. Brian

    These Pirates aren't real. Authentic Pirates have Eye Patches and a Wooden leg. Some of them also have a Parrot on their Shoulder. Where are the real Pirates?

    February 15, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  9. mj

    Yes hang them all!

    February 15, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dee

    I have any idea on how to cut down on piracy. STAY THE F*** OUT OF SOMALI WATERS!!! If these "merchant" ships can't respect Somalia's sovereignty, then pay the consequences and shut up about it.

    February 15, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      Perhaps you haven't noticed, but most of the attacks are not happening in "Somali waters" at all. Haven't for years.

      February 20, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      The last time I checked, the country of Somalia doesn't even have a government worth mentioning, forget respecting their sovereignty... (And the previous poster is correct, the attacks almost solely occur in international waters)

      February 26, 2011 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  11. glj

    @malibu1369, tell you what. Everytime a government catches a criminal, we'll just send them to your house. You can rehabilitae them. You can take them in and take care of them,, but do not expect any help from anyone else.

    February 15, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Sman1234

    This seems to me to be the first time in human history that people are unsure how to handle pirates. If you are captured while committing an act of piracy on the high seas then you hang…… period end of story. Just do it like they used to do back in the day, hang them on the beach, or by the docks or wherever, then leave their bodies hanging there as a warning to any others considering turning to piracy.

    February 15, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cait

      Because society does not evolve over time..

      There are plenty of practices and laws that (while have been in place for a long time, "traditional") have been left behind, and rightfully so, because humanity changes overtime and learns that they are not the best solutions to the problem. The problem nowadays is people want instant gratification in the most simplistic manner.

      February 21, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. SamGrant

    I am a liberal, that is liberal use of the death penalty for pirates. Teenagers? better yet they probably have not had opportunity to breed more little pirates.

    February 15, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. capnmike

    Age doesn't matter a bit. If these dirtbags know right from wrong, they're guilty. If anything will deter these pirates, it is swift and severe punishment. It's too bad that some more "civilized" countries haven't got the guts to do what is necessary.

    February 15, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  15. DC

    see this is how Asians do it... be decisive not divisive... Asians its our time to rule while the Americans fight amongst themselves. They won't make sacrifices, they put too much value on individual rights such that as a society they all suffer, they want to get out of debt but want to keep spending, no one wants to make sacrifices, even the much hyped Obama has become the devil he hoped to chase out of Washington when he was on the campaign trail. How silly.

    February 15, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
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