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Prosecutors: Muse Was Pirate Ringleader

From an understanding Associated Press:

Prosecutors say teen pirate was brazen ringleader

By Larry Neumeister And Colleen Long, Associated Press Writers

NEW YORK – Prosecutors say Abdiwali Abdiqadir Muse was not shy about making his presence known on the Maersk Alabama, brazenly tearing through the ship in a way that belied his young age and skinny, 5-foot-2 frame.

He was the first to board the ship, fired a shot at the captain, helped steal $30,000 in cash from a safe, and bragged about hijacking ships in the past, authorities said

His defense lawyers portrayed Muse as a frightened kid and not the violent pirate depicted by prosecutors. They believe he is 15 years old and should be given greater protections under international law because of his age and the circumstances of his situation, and predicted he would be exonerated.

"As you can tell, he’s extremely young, injured and terrified," lawyer Deirdre von Dornum said…

Muse appeared in court as investigators released new details of the hijacking in a criminal complaint against the defendant, the oldest of 12 children and the son of parents who scraped together a few dollars a day in Somalia selling milk and tending to a small herd of camels, cows and goats.

The complaint by FBI agent Steven E. Sorrells provided dramatic new details about the seizure of the ship and what transpired before three pirates were shot by U.S. snipers and Muse was captured.

Sorrells said that the ship’s captain, Richard Phillips, told him he fired multiple warning flares at the pirate boat to try to chase them away as they approached in the middle of the night April 8.

The agent said Muse was the first pirate to board the boat when he climbed up a portable ladder, armed with a gun, as the boat was about 280 miles off the coast of Somalia.

"From the deck of the Maersk Alabama, Muse fired his gun at the captain who was still in the bridge," Sorrells said…

The agent said Muse entered the room, told the captain to stop the ship and "conducted himself as the leader of the pirates."

After the other pirates boarded the boat, three of them accompanied the captain to a safe where he took out about $30,000 in cash, which was then taken by the pirates, the agent said

But Muse wasn’t the most savvy pirate.

Investigators said Muse was tricked into leaving his weapon behind with fellow pirates when he went to hunt for other crew members. A crew member apparently told Muse the crew would be afraid to surrender if he was armed.

With Muse searching the boat with a flashlight after the power was shut off by a crew member, one of them hid briefly and then tackled him, the agent said. Another crew member then helped tie Muse’s hands with wire and took him to a room where other crew members were, Sorrells said. Later, Muse was freed when he and the other pirates left the boat with the captain to begin their four days on the lifeboat…

The crew member who stabbed Muse said Tuesday that the teenager counted himself lucky to raid a U.S. ship and carried himself as the leader of the pirate gang.

"He was surprised he was on a U.S. ship. He kept asking, `You all come from America?’ Then he claps and cheers and smiles. He caught himself a big fish. He can’t believe it," crewmember ATM "Zahid" Reza said. Muse planned to demand at least $3 million, Reza said…

The details of Muse’s life are murky, with his parents in Somalia insisting he was tricked into getting involved in piracy. His mother said he was "wise beyond his years" — a child who ignored other boys his age who tried to tease him and got lost in books instead.

"The last time I saw him, he was in his school uniform," the teen’s mother, Adar Abdirahman Hassan, 40, told The Associated Press by telephone Tuesday from her home in Galkayo. "He was brainwashed. People who are older than him outwitted him, people who are older than him duped him."

Omar Jamal, executive director of Somali Justice Advocacy Center in Minneapolis, said his Somali immigrant organization made contact with family members of the pirates during the hostage standoff.

Muse’s family members "don’t have any money. The father has some camels and cows and goats outside the city. … The father goes outside with the livestock and comes home at night. Father said they don’t have any money, they are broke," Jamal said.

Muse’s mother sells milk at a small market every day, saving around $6 every month for school fees for her oldest son. She pays $15 a month in rent

Don’t worry. By the time our watchdog media, the rights groups and Mr. Muse’s lawyers are done we won’t remember any of these unfortunate details.

(Note his attorneys are even continuing to lie about his age after he has already admitted to being 18.)

Instead, this terrorist will be the victim or Western oppression and will be due reparations – in addition to his book deals and movie contracts.

Indeed, this article is already well on the way in that direction.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

14 Responses to “Prosecutors: Muse Was Pirate Ringleader”

  1. Right of the People says:

    A tall tree and short hunk of rope will solve his problems.

    • canary says:

      Right of the People, This pirate is going through nothing compared to what he put his hostages through. He’s getting a taste of American’s Rights, medical treatment, first class jail cell, food, compassion and love. He can’t be missing his poor life, just missing his quench for blood.
      A skeleton of bones with a pirate hat glued to the skull, dragged behind the ships at sea, might be a good. Disney might donate their movie props for this.

  2. GL0120 says:

    Keelhauling the little snot would be a great idea!
    Perhaps done on a rather long supertanker?

  3. Liberals Demise says:

    As the eldest of 12 chillins’ and at the ripe age of 16(so says the mammy) dad must have been giving mammy no slack between chillins’. This makes BlackBarry da Pirates pappy pale by comparison. Still all said and done, someone needs to slap the grin off this punks face and replace it with a death face!!
    ‘He always wanted to visit America.”
    Ok….you’re here! Now meet Mr. Needle!!

  4. proreason says:

    What if mini-me the pirate is gay?

    Then he can get elected to Congress and take out his bile on the country a million-fold from what he was able to accomplish as a pirate.

  5. caligirl9 says:

    I predict a suspended sentence and a scholarship to Harvard.

  6. Rusty Shackleford says:

    (Note his attorneys are even continuing to lie about his age after he has already admitted to being 18.)

    How will we ever know? The birth records are probably already sealed.

    “As you can tell, he’s extremely young, injured and terrified,” lawyer Deirdre von Dornum said…

    I care not because Barry said that “words have consequences” and all that. So I have no doubt this of-age scumbag will be held fully accountable for his actions. Perhaps we could set him in front of Pelosi and he could look at/listen to her for hours while she talks her psycho-babble.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Now THAT….is torture!
      Maybe we should waterboard him first to get him ready for the main feature.

      Looking at that sour puss for hours on end would make me spill ALL the beans!!

    • pdsand says:

      Oh my god, bound and gagged while Pelosi gets the time to *really* explain how the middle class is going to benefit from the stimulus, and cap and trade? I wouldn’t make it, I’d break.

  7. canary says:

    Ya mean sweet innocent Muse, never gave his enabling loving parents and siblings any of his pirate riches? His family probably knows where the treasure is hidden. If only the brave seals had killed him. Probably, some reporter with a camera was watching, and prevented this. Just handcuffing this terrorist risked their lives.
    When Obama meant world class education and medical, he meant in class with the rest of the world.

    • canary says:

      I noticed in photo’s his hairline made him look alot older, and it appears this drawing, added last minute to his hairline, to make him appear younger.

  8. MinnesotaRush says:

    ” Prosecutors say Abdiwali Abdiqadir Muse was not shy about making his presence known on the Maersk Alabama, brazenly tearing through the ship in a way that belied his young age and skinny, 5-foot-2 frame.

    He was the first to board the ship, fired a shot at the captain, helped steal $30,000 in cash from a safe, and bragged about hijacking ships in the past, authorities said…”.

    Poor little fella. Probably never got to even see Suesses’ “Cat in the Hat” or “Fried Green Eggs”. Give him a nice room, some good food, and surround him in a loving and nurturing environment and he’ll be okay.

    Or, .. make him walk the plank with a cannon ball locked to his ankle. Yeah. I’m thinkin’ send him swimming.

    “”He was surprised he was on a U.S. ship. He kept asking, `You all come from America?’ Then he claps and cheers and smiles. He caught himself a big fish. He can’t believe it,” crewmember ATM “Zahid” Reza said. Muse planned to demand at least $3 million, Reza said…”

    Poor, poor confused little pirate. Uh huh!

  9. catie says:

    Did anyone happen to catch “South Park” on Wednesday night? Their 10:00 p.m. show dealt with the pirates. It was a typical South Park take and funny as heck.


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