His hand was bandaged where he was stabbed fighting with the Maersk crew trying to seize the ship. The poor thing was a victim, because he was a hostage, you see. Pirates that capture hostages always allow them to play soulja and brandish assault weapons.
Pirate Suspect Sobs in Court: 'I Have No Money'
Judge Rules Abduwali Muse Can Be Tried as an Adult
April 21, 2009
The surviving Somali pirate suspect from the attack on the U.S. flagged merchant ship Maersk Alabama sobbed in a Manhattan courtroom today where a judge determined that he will be tried as an adult. There is still some confusion over the actual age of Abdulwali Muse, whose mother claims he is 16 years old, but whom the government believes to be older.
Abduwali Muse faces piracy charges for his involvement in the Maersk hijacking.
Muse appeared in a federal magistrate court in a navy blue prison uniform, standing barely 5'4" with his left hand wrapped in a white bandage where he was injured in the attack on the Maersk. At one point, Muse sobbed audibly, covered his face with his hand and was soothed by his court-appointed attorney. When the judge informed Muse of his right to a court appointed lawyer he said "I understand, I have no money."
Defense attorneys Deidre von Dorum and Philip Weinstein said that they had not yet established whether their client Muse was himself a hostage of other pirates and that if he were that it would change the circumstances, perhaps making him eligible for wartime conventions.
What they meant was, he'd never been CAUGHT out of Somalia before. What a shame, I'm sure the poor thing was sobbing as he contemplated the prospect of U.S. prison: a cot with bedding, cable TV, 3 squares, air conditioning, free medical care and all the down low sex he wants. Those were tears of joy---Muse will be living better than anyone in Somalia without ever again facing the hazards of the open sea in a rowboat.
"We believe he will be exonerated," von Dornum said.
"He's scared" said Weinstein, who added that his client had been blindfolded during his some of his time in custody, shackled and that "he'd never been out of Somalia".