Press paints capture pirate as poor victim

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    Mystery surrounds Somali pirate's personal life
    By MOHAMED OLAD HASSAN and MALKHADIR M. MUHUMED, AP
    2 hours ago


    MOGADISHU, Somalia — At home in central Somalia, Abdiwali Abdiqadir Muse studied English, frequented a dusty, outdoor cinema after school where he watched Bollywood films dubbed into his native Somali and, his mother says, "was wise beyond his years."

    The neighborhood where he grew up in the central Somali town of Galkayo is one of small homes with corrugated iron roofs, and no running water or electricity.

    Now Muse — the sole surviving Somali pirate from the hostage-taking of an American ship captain — is a world away in New York City to face what are believed to be the first piracy charges in the United States in more than a century. He smiled but said nothing Tuesday as he was led into a federal building under heavy guard.

    "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."

    She 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.

    "He took all his books the day he disappeared, except one, I think, and did not come back," she said, adding that she did not know which book he was reading — Hassan is illiterate.

    Muse's personal details are murky, with his parents in Somalia insisting he was tricked into getting involved in piracy. His age also remained unclear. His parents said he is only 16, but U.S. law enforcement said he is at least 18, meaning prosecutors will not have to take extra legal steps to try him in a U.S. court.

    Muse's mother said she has no records to prove his age, but she and the teen's father say he is 16. "I never delivered my babies in a hospital," she said. "A traditional midwife helped me deliver."

    A classmate, however, said he believed Muse could be older — and that he studied English at school.

    "I think he was one or two years older than me, and I am 16," said Abdisalan Muse, reached by telephone in Galkayo. "We did not know him to be a pirate, but he was always with older boys, who are likely to be the ones who corrupted him."

    It is rare for Somalis to have formal birth records, and U.S. officials did not say on what basis they believe him to be 18 or older.

    The teenager was flown from Africa to New York, where he was being charged under two obscure federal laws that deal with piracy and hostage-taking, according to a law enforcement official familiar with the case. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the charges had not been announced.

    Muse grew up poor in a one-room home, the eldest child of a divorced mother, in one of the most impoverished, violent countries in the world. A nation of around 8 million people, Somalia has not had a functioning government since 1991. A quarter of Somali children die before age 5 and nearly every public institution has collapsed.

    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 dollars a month in rent.

    "I cried when I saw the picture of him," Hassan said, referring to the photo of her son being led in handcuffs in New York. "Relatives brought a copy of the picture to me. Surely he is telling himself now, 'My mother's heart is broken.'"

    She said the last time she saw her son in person, she was pushing him out the door so he would not be late for school.

    Since that day weeks ago, he simply disappeared. Asked why she believed he left, Hassan was at a loss.

    "A young man, at his age, could say he needed money, perhaps," she said. "I used to give him his school fee because I could not afford more than that. But of course he needed money."

    The boy's father, Abdiqadir Muse, said the pirates lied to his son, telling him they were going to get money. The family is penniless, he said.

    "He just went with them without knowing what he was getting into," Muse said in a separate telephone interview with the AP through an interpreter.

    He also said it was his son's first outing with the pirates after having been taken from his home about a week and a half before he surrendered at sea to U.S. officials

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    I'm sure the ACLU, Amnesty International and hundreds of other "do gooder" organizations will be collecting money for his defense, not to mention painting the Navy SEAL snipers as cold blooded calculating murderers. Knowing our government they will grant him political asylum and bring his family to the US and provide for them for the rest of their lives. Instead of giving him a gurney and needle in his arm like he deserves.

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    Ya... Read that,. Hard to believe... Boo Hoo,....

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    His family seems to know an awful lot about his life since he left home considering they have not seen him since. How do they know he was tricked or that this was his first pirating trip?

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    He was brainwashed. People who are older than him outwitted him, people who are older than him duped him."

    "She said he was "wise beyond his years"


    Makes about as much sense as the rest of the article.
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    He is only a victim of stupidity.........
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    I think the best we can hope for is that they don't start in on the Seal Team as government-funded bloodthirsty hooligans, preying on innocent children. Wait til the press finds a pic of "the pirate boat" with a hand-painted, mis-spelled sign that says: Baby Milk Delivery Vessel."
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    You know from what the parents know that could very well be the truth. The pirate does come from a shattered government, a shattered life, and didn't have very many options.

    However, at the end of the day, regardless of his reasoning. He chose quite poorly, and now will hopefully be paying the price for that choice. It doesn't really matter why or how he chose this path, just that he did.
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    He left to make some money,hmmmm maybe they were hiring at Burger King LOL they knew exactly what he was up to and It doesn't matter if it was his first or his hundredth attack the penalty should be death.As far as the reporters stick them on ships sailing thru the pirate infested waters and see if they have the same opinion when they get taken hostage or fired on
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    These people need to be stopped, regardless of whether or not they were duped.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jumpwing View Post
    Choices are supposed to have consequences, not excuses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadowsbane View Post
    You know from what the parents know that could very well be the truth. The pirate does come from a shattered government, a shattered life, and didn't have very many options.

    However, at the end of the day, regardless of his reasoning. He chose quite poorly, and now will hopefully be paying the price for that choice. It doesn't really matter why or how he chose this path, just that he did.


    Well said. He may well be a victim of horrible circumstances ,but when he chose to victimize others he crossed a line and became a victimizer, for that he must pay.

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    See I work/worked with a somewhat large amount of Somalli people. (Close to 30 different people in the last year.) So I have a somewhat good idea of what it is like over there, as far as hardships. The interesting bit I have gleaned from my dealings with them is that a fair amount I still work with, (that I can communicate with mind you) their general opinion is pretty much the same as the general opinion as those on this board. If not a bit harsher depending on the exact area they are from. So that argument doesn't even really hold water for their own people.
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