High Seas

Teen Pirate Pleads Not Guilty

Our friend Abdiwali Abdiqadir Muse—the only surviving pirate from the attack on the Maersk Alabama—has plead not guilty to the 10 counts on which he was indicted earlier this week, including piracy under the law of nations, conspiracy, hostage taking, and kidnapping. Muse’s age is still subject to debate—his family has insisted that he’s as young as 15, but the magistrate judge said he can be tried as an adult since there’s evidence he is 18. According to the Associated Press, “Muse entered the plea in a soft voice with his head down.” The most serious charges carry a mandatory life sentence. "He's a boy who fishes and now he's ended up in solitary confinement," said one of the lawyers. "It's truly terrifying."