NEW YORK (AP) - The sole surviving Somali pirate from the U.S
hostage-taking drama makes a federal court appearance today in New
Instead of handing him over to Kenyan authorities, the U.S.
decided to bring Abduhl Wali-i-Musi (AHB'-dul wahl-ih-MOO'-sih) to
New York. He could face charges carrying a life sentence if
He smiled for photographers and reporters as federal agents led
him into custody. He said nothing.
He was taken aboard a Navy ship shortly before snipers took down
his three colleagues and freed Captain Richard Phillips of the
Maersk Alabama. Sine then, authorities have been trying to
determine his age, and now say he is at least 18. It's rare for
anyone younger than that to stand trial in federal court.
Wali-i-Musi is the first person to be tried in the United States
on piracy charges in more than a century.