Somali Pirate (Terrorist) Abduwali Abdukhadir Muse Smile Turn to Tears as he Faces Life in Prison on Piracy Charges


Somali Pirate, aka terrorist, Abduwali Abdukhadir Muse will be tried as an adult. Think the US is not going to make an example of this lad and a message to pirates for the future.

Smiles no more as the cold hard reality of life in prison set in and charges of piracy. Abduwali Abdukhadir Muse is about to learn the term, if you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime.

My what a difference a day makes to a Somali pirate, that and the fact that Abduwali Pirate_Abdiwali Abdiqadir MuseAbdukhadir Muse now faces piracy charges that could get him life in prison. First all smiles as Abduwali Abdukhadir Muse was lead into court as if he was on the red carpet in Hollywood before the Oscars. However, as the piracy charges where brought against, the “swaggering buccaneer”, the smiles turned to tears as the reality of life in prison finally became a reality.

A Somali sea bandit wept as he was hit with piracy charges Tuesday that could put him in the brig forever.

Lawyers for Abduwali Abdukhadir Muse portrayed him as a wide-eyed victim of the crew that hijacked the Maersk Alabama, but the feds described him as a swaggering buccaneer.

He was among the first to storm the U.S. ship on April 8, fired at Capt. Richard Phillips and stole $30,000 from a safe, according to a criminal complaint filed in Manhattan.

It is actually rather pathetic that the AP is trying to portray Abduwali Abdukhadir Muse as a victim. A small 5-foot-2 victim who looked bewildered and so scrawny that his prison clothes were several sizes too big.

When his court-appointed lawyer said Muse’s father would be interviewed in Somalia to verify his birthdate, Muse put his head in his hand and broke down in tears. When the judge asked him if he understood that court-appointed lawyers would represent him, the teenager responded through a translator: “I understand. I don’t have any money.” When he was asked to raise his right hand, he pointed it into the air as if he was being called on in class.

The decision by the federal government to bring Muse to justice here has thrust the skinny teenager into the international spotlight, and raised legal questions about whether the U.S. is going too far in trying to make an example of someone so young.

Muse was charged with piracy, conspiracy and brandishing and firing a gun during a conspiracy. The most serious count carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison.

UPDATES from USA Today regarding rulings:

  • Update at 4:56 p.m. ET: Federal Judge Andrew Peck has ruled that Muse is an adult and can be tried in open court.
  • Update at 5:44 p.m. ET: Muse has been charged with piracy. If convicted, he’ll face life in prison.
Posted April 22, 2009 by
Crime, War on Terror | 32 comments

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    32 Responses to “Somali Pirate (Terrorist) Abduwali Abdukhadir Muse Smile Turn to Tears as he Faces Life in Prison on Piracy Charges”

    1. Dolf on April 22nd, 2009 8:05 am

      first: he is a criminal not a terrorist
      second: if the US is willing to execute mentaly disabled minors (and adults), why is everybody so surprised.
      third: live by the sword, die by the sword
      fourth: don’t play with fire if you don’t wanna get burned

    2. buster on April 22nd, 2009 9:12 am

      Could be worse he could die of old age

    3. Pat in Alabama on April 22nd, 2009 9:37 am

      I heard this guy’s mother wants to come to the US for the trial. I wonder who she expects to pay for that?

      I wonder where she was when her son was getting involved with criminals and hijacking ships????

    4. Dolf on April 22nd, 2009 9:49 am


      a woman don’t have much (if anything) to say in that part of the world

    5. nurturer on April 22nd, 2009 10:03 am

      #1 – fifth: You see this van a rockin’, don’t come a knockin’.

    6. SUPER DAVE on April 22nd, 2009 10:38 am

      very happy while hijacking ships. now he is claiming mentally handicapped. he got caught and now he doesn’t have an ak47 he’s running scared.
      he should be thanking the US Navy that he is still alive.

    7. chitown lady on April 22nd, 2009 10:48 am

      this guy will be livig in our prision system then he ever did before in his life…..thats why he is smiling..He gonna get a place to sleep and 3 squares a day……I think it would be better and cheaper for us tax payers to sebd his raggedy ass home on a slow leaky boat…..who needs the expense of taking cre of him…..WE DO NOT…

    8. nurturer on April 22nd, 2009 11:10 am

      #7 – It’s the new Obama world of treating each and every terrorist as if they were street punks, instead of organized murder gangs. Eventually the court system will get bogged down with what could have more easily been taken care of with a single bullet.

    9. abdi somali on April 22nd, 2009 11:26 am


    10. rightknight on April 22nd, 2009 11:52 am

      This young Terrorist (likely Sunni Muslim Terrorist) is
      now in a worse place than when he set out to take
      someone else’s property with a machine gun. He is
      fortunate to be alive. His best hope is that Barry will
      pardon him down the line. After all, the Somali kid
      was driven to terrorism by George W. Bush’s policies!

      Pass the kleenex box please.

    11. Mike on April 22nd, 2009 12:50 pm


      Amen!! We need to put a bullet in his head and give his momma a bill for all the expense when she gets here!

    12. St Stephen on April 22nd, 2009 1:01 pm

      President Barack Obama did the appropriate thing in capturing the renegade pirate and giving the order to dispatch the three that threatened the life of Captain Phillips.

      The youth(?) will now receive an excellent opportunity he never had in Somalia of acquiring an education(possibly a college degree)and with any luck be roomies with the Craigslist killer Markoff and may even be allowed to marry him, should the law permit in the state they will be incarcerated in. They really deserve each other.

      Either way life sounds about right for the “two utes”(from My Cousin Vinnie translates 2 youths).

    13. 11B40 on April 22nd, 2009 1:19 pm


      I have always had a deep appreciation for whoever decided to call the Somalis “skinnies”. Hope I got the spelling right.

    14. SUPER DAVE on April 22nd, 2009 1:22 pm


    15. SUPER DAVE on April 22nd, 2009 1:31 pm

      better clinch those butt cheeks tight boy. you got a lot of brothas in jail just looking for a little wife like you.

    16. BUN on April 22nd, 2009 3:52 pm

      Take a good look at him….now coming to a prison near you!!

    17. Carpe on April 22nd, 2009 9:16 pm

      “Don’t kill! We need money cuz we hungry.”

      That is what he said when he thought they were
      gonna kill him when they got him in custody
      on the ship.

      Now ain’t that sad?

      If we could only fix the world’s problems with some tasty sandwiches, that would be friggin’

    18. Dolf on April 23rd, 2009 1:35 am

      think the would have been lucky to be killed by those Seals.

      dead or in a US jail

      think i would prefer death

    19. Junebug on April 23rd, 2009 5:34 am

      I am originally from Africa just to let you know they breed like flies over there and half the time they dont even know how many kids they produce. This mother that has come forth would’nt normally care but I am sure she is seeing lots of dollar signs. Like someone said ….who is going to pay her bill if she comes here to defend her son.

    20. SUPER DAVE on April 23rd, 2009 7:05 am

      DOLF: he will have it easy here. three meals a day and color tv. of course, he may be subjected to being traded for cigarettes or a honey bun. but if he’s hungry as he says ,well…

    21. Dolf on April 23rd, 2009 9:42 am

      well Dave..I do see a trade wih his bum in his near future


    22. Dolf on April 23rd, 2009 9:50 am

      btw, saw tv programs about US jails

      rather be in Somalie

    23. tina on April 23rd, 2009 11:44 am

      i really do not understand why he is still alive he needed to have a bullet put in his head and thrown back on the boat, no one would have ever known the differnece, am sure our guys would never tell, it has been done before and this was one time it should have been done,
      if you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime as someone else said

    24. HOPE on April 23rd, 2009 2:17 pm

      I agree with #1.

      I’m not sure we have jurisdiction for this crime. He surrendered… before the shooting. He’s not the one that survived being shot. He’s a kid living in a war-torn country who’s people are suffering playing a hero’s role with all the wrong people.

      He’s a minor… send him home.


    25. HOPE on April 23rd, 2009 2:30 pm

      Some people say prayers for certain people while ignoring the suffering of mankind as a whole. I think what Reverend Wright asked was why should we run after one girl, when we have hundreds of thousands of girls who are raped, trafficked and murdered everyday. We live in a world of motherless children with disease and food shortages ripping through the land… and others make fun of their need for a sandwich.

    26. HOPE on April 23rd, 2009 2:38 pm

      In the words of Elmer Fudd:



    27. HOPE on April 23rd, 2009 2:46 pm

      Laugh out LOUD!

      Super Dave cries because the men in our military may be getting a bad reputation for torturing people while egging on an execution of someone’s child.



    28. SUPER DAVE on April 23rd, 2009 3:32 pm

      hope: ignorance and stupidity must really run in your family. “if” you are able to read, you will see that i have not voiced any opinion about this boy being executed.
      of course, you will call me out and call me a racist, klan member, cowboy, redneck,but i expect this from your kind.
      what’s wrong honey,was Ward a little rough on the beaver last night ?

    29. BUN on April 24th, 2009 3:25 pm

      SuperDave…shhhhhhhhh Hope actually said she left our website about two weeks ago to everyone’s relief but this ghost of her’s keeps writing stuff so don’t get it upset now or she might come back!!!

    30. HOPE on April 24th, 2009 4:01 pm

      Actually, no…

      I wasn’t raised in a family that calls men ‘boys’
      or makes jokes about someone being sodomized…

      Maybe you need to join the ranks of the Lawless family,
      you’re more suitable to their way of thinking.


    31. HOPE on April 24th, 2009 5:20 pm


      You are, truly, an idiot!

      Why don’t you go back to the forum and see
      what ‘My Time’ says your future holds.

      It’s laughable…

      can only imagine what the F.B.I. might think.


      Some people rant and rave while others ACTUALLY

      get results…

      I wonder why?


    32. HOPE on April 24th, 2009 7:43 pm


      Remember this?

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