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Somali Pirate brought to USA

Somali pirate suspect will be tried as an adult, judge rules

12:00 AM CDT on Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The Associated Press

NEW YORK – The sole surviving pirate from an attack on an American cargo ship off the Somali coast will be tried as an adult.

Abdiwali Abdiqadir Muse is the sole surviving pirate from the hostage-taking of ship captain Richard Phillips.

In a New York City federal courtroom Tuesday, authorities portrayed Abdiwali Abdiqadir Muse as the 18-year-old brazen ringleader of pirates who shot at the Maersk Alabama’s captain and bragged about prior acts of piracy.

Muse lost his first court battle when his public defenders failed to convince a judge that he was 15 and could be processed as a juvenile.

Stabbed with an ice pick in the attempted hijack, Muse wore a bandage on his damaged hand. At 5 feet 2 inches, he looked bewildered and scrawny – his prison clothes were several sizes too big.

The Associated Press


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