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. mboleya

    Where is forgiveness, if not For everyone then for the lads.

    February 11, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • AreWeThereYet

      Are you high? You're typing like you're high. You may want to stick with that excuse, because if you're not, you're a moron.

      February 11, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • CMM

      Screw you and your forgiveness.

      February 11, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Skipper Tom

      Hanging is the penalty for piracy. That's the law of the sea. Get caught being a pirate, get hanged from a yardarm after a military trial. I'm tired of "Oh, the poor (fill in the blanks)" They knew what they were doing when they were waving an AK-47 around at the Malaysian Navy commandos. Now they get to pay for it!

      February 11, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • pook

      you have got to be kidding!

      February 11, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Geoff

    This teenage pirates are going to be sentenced to death and they aren't even old enough to go to an ARRRRRRRRR rated movie.

    February 11, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • davetharave

      But they ARE old enough to travel to Long Island and ride the L – I .... double ARRRRRRRRRR !!!!

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

      Bahahaha!! Yer an arrrrrrsehole. 🙂

      February 11, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. johninmemphis

    If it is true, who cares how old they are?

    February 11, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. whatever

    Good, glad to hear it :D, no loss to this world whatsoever. Bye

    February 11, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Frank

    My heart bleeds. Maybe they can hijack a boat and escape on the river of tears I am crying for them.

    February 11, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Skipper Tom

      Don't forget the two tiniest violins in the world playing "My Heart Bleeds for You" in stereo...

      February 11, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. AreWeThereYet

    GOOD!!!! Its about time these pirates started getting what they deserve. If other nations did this as well, the piracy problem in that region would end pretty quickly. As it is, we shoo them away, or maybe sink one of their skiffs (After they're off it, of course). Its a sad sick joke. No wonder they keep attacking ships! Very little to lose and fortunes to be made.

    I applaud Malaysia, and wish the US and other countries would find the resolve to deal with this problem the correct way. For those of you who may have fallen behind, Malaysia's way = the correct way.

    End these pathetic excuses for pirates and set an example for the rest of the world to follow.

    February 11, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  7. musclecar61

    I like the way Russia deals with pirates, find ther bodies in the boat they used to hijack ships. Sends a stern message you mess with us this is what happens

    February 11, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  8. davetharave

    When other Somali pirates recruited these kids to be pirates, their response should have been:
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    " But I don't wanna be a pirate !! "

    February 11, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doit Anyway

      Since you'd probably live there, being a Pirate is a better than being a Philly by a long shot.

      February 11, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ricardo101

    A criminal is a criminal regarless of age, they should execute every single pirate on the spot as soon as they are capture.

    February 11, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ricky

    hang the little pukes...or send them to Canada...we will treat them like Royal Kings...free everything.

    February 11, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. midnightrambler444

    yarrr, they should walk the plank the scurvy sons of guns.

    February 11, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. dantege

    Where are their Parrotts?

    February 11, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  13. George

    "three boys under 15 years old... firing on Malaysian armed forces while attempting to a hijack a merchant ship...."

    Boys will be boys!

    Seriously though, each and every white trash redneck on this board calling for hangin' em high needs to walk outside right now, look up to the sky, and say: "Thank you, randomness of the universe, for causing me to be born in an environment where I have food, shelter, education, social services, and a computer instead of being born in a slum of the worst rathole warlord-run country in Africa."

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

      Okay, I did that. Am I still white trash?

      February 11, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Why are you defending them? Why is it that no matter what the story is, someone will root for the underdog. What you completely euphorian dill-weeds don't get is that these little punks decided to carry out an act of war. IF you are in a bad situation you get yourself out of it. Learn to farm, fish, lay bricks, weave baskets, whatever it is you have available to you. If the only thing left is piracy, then they also have to face the risks that go along with it, in this case, DEATH. Don't cheer too loudly for people who commit heinous crimes, regardless of your or their upbringing. Take your hatred of western culture/civilization elsewhere, please. DON'T EVER CALL ME A REDNECK, you elitist, snarky, probably sitting in a coffeeshop sipping latte little crap-weasel.

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

      Shut up Liberal Racist!

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

      Hey Joe R, have you been to these kid's neighborhood? Can they really weave,fish, farm, lay bricks? When are you going back to Somalia?

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

      You are so right, Gorge. Maybe we should stop by best buy and buy them all a TV so that they can waste their time playing wii like other teenagers. You are an idiot. Crime should be tolerated because if you are 15, crime is ok. They don't have the resources to go get an honest job but they have the money to go and buy guns and boats to commit crimes? Can I have some of those illegal drugs you are on? Please!

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

      @Joe: My horse and my hound dog both agree that you're an embarrassment to us rednecks.

      February 11, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • rpb

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Barbary_War

      Back when America had a set.

      February 11, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • ConsiderYourselfBlessed

      Amen George!! Glad that someone out there can still think and that at least one person realizes the futility in putting a 15 yr. old to death. As Gandhi said "An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind".

      February 11, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • glj

      "boys will be boys" Are you serious?

      February 15, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  14. James

    I love Malaysia! Hang 'em high.

    February 11, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Carol

    Play with fire and you get burned. Tough way to learn right from wrong!

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