The surviving Somali teenager in the piracy situation involving the hijacking of the cargo ship Maersk Alabama and the taking of American Captain Richard Phillips as hostage has been indicted on piracy and other charges. Abduwali Abdukhadir Muse faces 10 counts that include piracy and hostage taking among others. If convicted, the charge of piracy can mean imprisonment for life for Muse.
It can be recalled that the Danish-owned container ship was seized by a group of pirates, Muse among them, off the coast of Somalia last April 8. According to prosecutors, Muse identified himself as the leader of the pirate band and was the first to board the ship. Later, the pirates, taking with them Captain Phillips who volunteered to be a hostage in exchange for letting the crew go, left the ship on board a life boat.
On April 12, Muse went aboard the USS Bainbridge, demanding safe passage for the pirates. He reportedly received medical attention while there. Later, Muse’s three other co-conspirators were gunned down by Navy SEALs snipers when it appeared that they were endangering the life of Captain Phillips.