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. blah9999

    Aye! Hang 'em high, maties! Those swash-bucklers have what's comin' to 'em.

    February 11, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. asdsaaf

    Look at the suspects!

    Let me guess – it's slavery's fault.

    February 11, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jeff

    Hang them in the public square and televise it for all to see as a warning.

    February 11, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Max from CA

    Well these Malaysians are mean business. Maybe we should start acting like them and perhaps we wouldn't be ridiculed as we are.

    February 11, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. tessa

    if you ride with 'em, you die with 'em

    February 11, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ConcernedinIL

    I am far more concerned with the obvious inhumane and uncivilized responses in the comments than the capture of pirates who live in one of the poorest countries in the world. Those that wish to see children executed should be ashamed of themselves. You don't know their lives or their struggles. They should be punished for their crimes but not executed.

    February 11, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Earnán

      I am unconcerned about the whining of rich stupid liberals who have lived their lives in safety and luxury, protected from reality by the people they insult.

      February 11, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • ConcernedinIL

      Earnán you assume too much.

      February 11, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Melissa

    What a sad thing that people so young are in this situation. They have grown up post-civil war in Somalia and probably only know piracy as a way of life. Perhaps their fathers are pirates. I can't imagine what it must be like to grow up in a country with no government, no jobs, constant fighting. When you grow up like that, no wonder you turn to crime.

    February 11, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • markus

      Of course, they could have chosen something other than piracy. Don't claim that is their only option because not all 15 or 16 year olds there are pirates. It is the same as gangs on the street of the U.S. – not all kids choose to be a gang banger; some actually choose to do something with their lives.

      February 11, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ryan

    It doesn't really matter what they do to these pirates. It won't change anything. If you want to end Somali pirates there are three choices: 1) Don't send any boats/ships anywhere near Africa; 2) Solve their poverty and hunger problems (not done in Africa since the times when most African nations were colonies); or 3) Kill them all. Until one of those three things happen, there will be more pirate crises every week.

    February 11, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. markus

    They should face the penalty dictated in the country where they are charged. If they were doing this in American waters, they would not face death, but they were not in American waters.

    February 11, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  10. QMAX1234

    Wow, you guys who say hang them and execute them sound like the Muslim terrorists themselves. Yet you claim to be civilized. Put them in jail and leave it. Terrorist seek to kill at a whim and terrorist like minds, no matter what country they claim to be patriotic too, do the same thing as we can very well see!

    February 11, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ja

    may the rich countries could offer alternatives for the somalis, instead of priacy, it is all about economics, most of the cargo tainted one way or the other, so cleanse it by helping an improvished country

    February 11, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  12. KawiMan

    They should face public beheading or be fed to a pride of hungry lions and be publicly televised as a message to other prospective pirates.

    February 11, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Chief Run A Muck

    Somalis are really very ugly people.

    February 11, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  14. fritz

    So they are only 15? If they can get a woman pregneant, then they can receive 100 lashes with the cane, then hanged and beheaded with their noggins stuck on pikes for public display to the world. That's one good way you stop piracy on the high seas. There are many other creative ways to stop piracy if the victims have the belly for it. I'm betting most don't. The cowardly saudis and others would rather just pay them off not giving a damn about fostering the piracy culture and putting others at future risk.

    February 11, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Darryl

    Finally – a country willing to make the right moves. It worked hundreds of years ago. Piracy (especially when firing weapons) = death. Nothing else will deter them... And we shouldn't ahve to foot the bill to incarcerate them for the next 20 years...

    February 11, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
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