FBI Charges Somali Pirate for Hijacking of Maersk Alabama and Hostage Taking

by OldSailor on April 23, 2009

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FBISomali pirate Abduwali Abdukhadir Muse(age 18), is facing the following charges for hijacking of the Maersk Alabama container ship in the Indian Ocean on April 08, and the subsequent taking of the captain of the ship as a hostage.

  1. Piracy under the law of nations (carries a mandatory term of life imprisonment)
  2. Conspiracy to seize a ship by force (carries a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison)
  3. Discharging a firearm, and aiding and abetting the discharge of a firearm, during and in relation to the conspiracy to seize a ship by force (carries a maximum potential penalty of life imprisonment)
  4. Conspiracy to commit hostage taking (carries a maximum potential penalty of life imprisonment)
  5. Brandishing a firearm, and aiding and abetting the brandishing of a firearm, during and in relation to the conspiracy to commit hostage taking (carries a maximum potential penalty of life imprisonment)

View photograph of Abduwali Abdukhadir Muse from Xinhua News.

View an interesting video clip: Somali pirate arrives in New York Court

Read in full the press release from the Department of Justice: “Somalian Pirate Brought to U.S. to Face Charges for Hijacking the Maersk Alabama and Holding the Ship’s Captain Hostage”

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