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. Ariel

    Old enough to fire guns on other people, old enough to face death by hanging.

    Quite fair, if you ask me.

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

      Roger that!

      February 11, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • fast-mac

      rodger dat, ruh-ruh-rodger dat.

      February 11, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Joe

    Clearly the risk of death was not an issue for them in the first place. I have absolutely no issue with a government of a sovereign nation handling criminals in the manner they see fit. A person who's genes are not serving them well enough to protect themselves probably shouldn't be passing them along anyways. Someone who's ego is bigger than their survival instinct won't last long.

    February 11, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jack

    Should have sent ninjas in to take care of the pirates.

    February 11, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. watchbobos

    Thank God we have politicians, because the opinions of ordinary people are stupid and insensitive. This is addressed to you, ordinary people.

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

      You are so stupid. I bet you wouldn't be spouting such assinine stupidity if it was flying your countrys flag or if it had one of your sailors aboard. Go hang yourself in the closet with your belt!

      February 11, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Old Sea Dog

    Batter them in eggs and corn flake crumbs then deep fry them in bacon fat until golden brown, live on Al Jezheera

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

    Well Shiver me timbers.....
    Not too "savvy" ey kid pirates? Arrrrrrr,Yarrrrr,Yarrrrgh.
    The current Malaysian inmates are now procuring themsleves some fresh pirate "booty"
    Make 'em perp walk the short plank!

    February 11, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. TDiddy

    I wish we would deal with punks the same way here!

    February 11, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Admiral Becket

    Hang him and put signs on their corpses: "Pirates, ye be warned"

    February 11, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. heraldofwhoa

    Countries like Malaysia, Singapore, etc. have much more experience dealing with pirates, they know what to do.
    Don't do the crime, if you can't do the time, don't do it.

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

    If they are "under 15" then I am Santa Claus...flying a red sleigh bringing gifts to all people all over the world...ya think!!

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

    I wish CNN would proof-read their articles before they are posted. This seems to be a constant issue. I feel that grammatical errors only serve to diminish the credibility of the author and editor. I am by no means an expert on the english language, however you would expect that the editor of the article be at the very least competent enough to notice an error in the first line of the article!

    February 11, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Keeeshawrn

    great news!

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

    Execute them with extreme prejudice.

    February 11, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  14. watchbobos

    Not one intelligent comment, pure nonsense, then they will go to the cinema to see movies dysney pirates movies.

    February 11, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  15. AT

    These people think it's okay to kidnap and kill innocents, I think it's okay to do scientific experiments on them before discarding their carcass.

    February 11, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
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