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. JIMIATLAS

    " Keel zem, keel zem all!"

    February 11, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. kargo27

    They knew what they were doing was dire and wrong. Off with their heads!

    February 11, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. sosadtoobad

    Arrrrrrrrrrrr it do be looking like you'll be on the receiving end of some hot lead.

    February 11, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. kader

    I say FRY them.......God bless Malaysia for having the guts to show justice and be the only nation on this planet netxt to Korea standing up to these nasty pirates.

    February 11, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Appropriate Action

    Catch them, take all their toys away, to include there little wooden boat. Inform them "no more playing Pirate games" or the next time we will prosecute. Then throw them overboard with instructions "shoreline is that way"!

    February 11, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Moped

    Now that these 'kids' are caught, people feel sorry for them. If they were pointing a gun at me I would feel sorry for me FIRST.

    February 11, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Papa Hausser

    They may be from Somalia, the Cradle of Civilization, but they appear to not have evolved much beyond chimps.

    February 11, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • nice guy

      Ain't that the truth.

      February 11, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Hugh Jarce

    They all look like Vegas taxi drivers, and man those cabs sure do stink......

    February 11, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • jbcal

      Who's causing the stink, the driver or the passengers?

      February 11, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Donze

    Have we forgotten that not too long ago 12-13 was considered adult... oh yeah it still is considered adult in MOST nations. Especially "under-developed" ones.

    February 11, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Quincy9

    What about the whole 'walking the plank' thing and saying "Arrrgh" a lot?

    February 11, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Andrew

    Its true, that they are MUCH older then a 15yr old kid in the USA. Its also true that piracy is like the only way to make money in somalia. What they did was wrong, but they HAD to do it, to feed themselves and their families. so in the end, you have a toughhhh decision if your the judge. These people need education

    February 11, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Chung

    I can't think of any other way to say this other than...GOOD. Make it a spectacle.

    February 11, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • danno

      Make it an new olympic event.

      February 11, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. goldendck

    Burn them. If you let them go, they will kill you and your children without hesitation.

    February 11, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mike O

    They all should get death, and maybe others will think about that punishment and it may keep others
    from trying same acts..........

    February 11, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. obamababoon

    Shoot the little monkees. Who cares how old they are. Pirates are pirates. Hope it hurts.

    February 11, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • jbcal

      You know you remind me of some of those redneck bigots we dealt with down south in the 50s and 60s, only difference is that you're under the delusion that you're actually smarter than them..

      February 11, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
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