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AP: Where To Charge Captured Somali Pirate?

From those champions of justice at the Associated Press:

This Nov. 18, 2008 file photo shows eight Somali pirates in custody at the Kenya Ports Authority Port Police station, in Mombasa, Kenya, where they were being held after being handed over to the Kenyan authorities by the Royal Navy.

US weighing where to charge captured Somali pirate

By Matt Apuzzo, Associated Press Writer Mon Apr 13

WASHINGTON – The Justice Department was considering whether to prosecute a Somali pirate in Washington or New York, U.S. officials said following the rescue of a U.S. hostage and the apprehension of his only surviving captor.

The decision will determine where the pirate will be flown in what is shaping up as the first U.S. piracy case in recent memory…

Both piracy and hostage-taking carry life sentences under U.S. law…

"He’s in military custody right now," FBI spokesman John Miller said. "That will change as this becomes more of a criminal issue than a military issue." …

He said prosecutors were also considering taking the pirate to Kenya, where the military has an agreement under which captured pirates will be tried. But that agreement has never been used following an attack on a U.S. ship…

Attorney General Eric Holder will have the final say about where the pirate will be charged…

The U.S. does not have an extradition treaty with Somalia.

The U.S. is treating the matter as a criminal case because officials have found no direct ties between East African pirates and terror groups.

Because the U.S. is not at war with Somalia, piracy cases are governed by U.S. and international law…

Well, why not give him the full benefit of a jury trial in the United States?

Complete with taxpayer supplied lawyers – and supplemented by the taxpayer supported ACLU and all of their fellow travelers.

And he certainly must have endless, costly appeals.

Ultimately, is there any doubt that by the time the dust settled our pirate friend will be made a US citizen and showered with accolades – and many millions of dollars for his damages?

Not to mention the Oprah appearance and the book and movie contracts.

But anything is preferable than putting him in a brig somewhere and giving him a military tribunal.

We certainly cannot have that.

That would be inhumane.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, April 13th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

13 Responses to “AP: Where To Charge Captured Somali Pirate?”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Isn’t piracy a hanging offense?

  2. proreason says:

    They aren’t pirates at all. Just a group of madcaps angling for a book deal and Leno appearance.

  3. bobbys says:

    I smell a movie deal with Sean Penn in blackface!!!!.

    O wait that would have been last years Oscar!!!.

    Sorry pal ,OPIE is in now your Getting waterboarded!!!!

    • jobeth says:

      Blackface? That’s racist!. =:-O

      Maybe even “profiling”!

      Naw…we have to pick some Swed to star in the movie. You just can’t cast such dispersions on black folk from Somalia! Shame on you!
      (Sarcasm off)

  4. Howard Roark says:

    Yep, no military court hearing and trial for this combatant who terrorized and almost killed Americans. We only send our own soldiers who kill enemy combatants to those courts. Murtha won’t be as upset at this detainee as he was against our Marines and soldiers, for sure.

  5. canary says:

    The U.S. is treating the matter as a criminal case because officials have found no direct ties between East African pirates and terror groups.

    Well, either AP is outright dishonest, so they can keep communications open with Somalians, or they missed the news that there is a direct tie between the Somalie terroristss and extreme Muslim terrorists. It has already been acknowledge by the U.S. Intelligence Committee.

  6. southern says:

    Hang them from the Mast as soon as they are taken on board.

  7. jrmcdonald says:

    Isn’t there a Military holding facility located close, but off shore…

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