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Lone Surviving Somali Pirate Arrives in US

April 21, 2009

The New York Times tells the story of the sole remaining pirate to survive the hijacking of the Maersk Alabama and his arrival in the US this morning to begin his prosecution for piracy.

Handcuffed with a chain wrapped around his waist and about a dozen federal agents surrounding him, the slight teen seemed poised as he passed through the glare of dozens of news cameras in a drenching rainstorm. His left hand was heavily bandaged from the wound he suffered during the skirmish on the cargo ship, the Maersk Alabama.

A law enforcement official familiar with the case said Muse (moo-SAY’) was being charged under two obscure federal laws that deal with piracy and hostage-taking. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the charges had not been announced.

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