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. Acaraho

    Since the official religion of Malaysia is Islam and these Somali pirates are Muslims that should end the neoconservative argument that Muslims do not hold Islamic terrorists accountable.

    February 11, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Husker


    February 11, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. john

    It doesnt matter what country they are from if your under 15 you dont really know what your doing and you have been coerced and I am sure it was spurred on by deplorable living conditions in their country they were probably orphans and left to fend for themselves on the streets like most countries do and got taken in my more mature pirates.

    February 11, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Earnán

      "Play stupid games, win stupid prizes."

      Hang 'em.

      February 11, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. PCola Vet

    It boggles the mind how some of you posters either have TOTAL mind meltdowns, or ONLY pay attention to news when it's a certain subject. The US has ALREADY killed pirates, ie the Alabama Maersk rescue, and ARE patrolling that HUGE area of the ocean this happens in. We have cruisers, destroyers, the CG is also out there, along with France, Britain, S Korea and others. NO US ship has been hijacked since the Maersk and we also assist other countries when we recieve SOS calls. Get out of your shells people and PAY ATTENTION.

    February 11, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Robert

    good execute the pirates!

    February 11, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Sharky

    "the seven suspects fired on Malaysian navy commandos" ... And they're still alive to be tried in court?

    February 11, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sickening

    These are young children (under the age of 15) that obviously fell prey to some sort of a monster and saw no hope because the world has turned a blind eye to the struggles of Somalia, other than to report on piracy. It amazes me how many people have no problem with killing children not even knowing the full story and THAT is what is wrong with America. These are children, and you are monsters if you have no problem with killing them. One day in their life's in Somalia would probably have you doing what ever you could to get out of that life.

    February 11, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Earnán

      Odd, when I was 15 I knew it was wrong to stick a loaded AK-47 in someone's face and tell them I was going to murder them for their property.

      I knew that actions had consequences.

      I knew that if I stepped in front of a speeding bus I'd get squashed like a bug.

      Spare us the liberal bleeding heart BS. Hang 'em.

      February 11, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Cat

    To all you people saying, "They're only 15" and blah blah blah, you need to look at these boys from a different perspective than you do our own 15 year olds. Our 15 year olds are still playing football and being children. Those pirates are probably already men. They grow up differently than we do. They have to. It's a shame thaty they felt the need to turn to piracy to overcome the difficulties in their lives but if you're old enough to pick up a gun with the intent of killing another human being, you're old enough to die. These "boys" knew exactly what they were doing.

    February 11, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. tard

    OMG, those poor, poor teenagers.
    Someone forced them to attack boats w/ an AK47.
    I have sooooo much sympathy for them, I won't even demand they be tortured to death on TV.

    February 11, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Larry

    16" naval cannon can take care of a whole shipful of pirates. I'd venture that the cost of the shell would be far less than that of the court case.

    February 11, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • PCola Vet

      Larry yes that would surely do the trick, but we no longer use 16 inch shells and pretty sure we dont' even have barrels that large anymore, ie Battleships. We have cruisers, and destroyers patrolling out there, and there armament is more than sufficient.

      February 11, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. PCola Vet

    It's sad when it comes to 15 year olds have to resort to piracy because Somalia is a lawless wasteland, and everyone that's tried to help them, gets run off by the warlords. Such a tragedy.

    February 11, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Concernedteacher

    They're just kids! Kids who have to resort to piracy! These boys are younger than most of my students! It is sad that they had to resort to such a lifestyle...

    February 11, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  13. masse

    I am so happy. That is waht they deserve. I knoqw many will not agree with but these guys instead of focusing on their country, they want play gangsters. The truth, they could kill you if the occasion arises. Loot at somalians who have been rescued by the US and brouht here. Now they are turning against the US, why?????? I am immigrant and I love this country . US has gave me everything I want, the American dream

    February 11, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. derotts3

    Anyone who uses a weapon with the intent of harm places themselves in ADULT POSITION AND SHOULD BE TREATED AS ADULTS !!!!! They have bragged how they have captured ships and killed crews – so why don't they deserve the same fate! I don't care they are 15 when they took that weapon in their hands they signed their fates. Other countries will not play around with them like the US – they get the job done!! FYI all the other pirates should be taking note and change their ways.

    February 11, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. MXD

    FINALLY a government that knows how to deal with these pirates!!!

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