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US Weighing Where to Charge Captured Somali Pirate

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department is considering whether
to prosecute a Somali pirate in Washington or New York.
That's according to U.S. officials who spoke following the
daring rescue of a U.S. sea captain and the apprehension of his
only surviving captor yesterday. They commented on condition of
anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case.
Washington federal courts normally handle cases involving crimes
committed against U.S. citizens abroad. But the FBI office in New
York takes the lead when crimes are committed against U.S. citizens
in Africa.
Both piracy and hostage-taking carry life sentences under U.S.
law and this is shaping up as the first U.S. piracy case in recent
memory.
A top U.S. Navy commander says prosecutors are also considering
taking the pirate to Kenya, where there's an agreement to try
captured pirates. But that agreement has never been used following
an attack on a U.S. ship.


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