A Somali teenager arrived today inNew York City to face what are believed to be the first piracy charges in the U.S. in more than a century, the Associated Press reports. Abduhl Wali-i-Musi, the sole surviving Somali pirate from the hostage-taking of an American ship captain, was to appear in a courtroom today.
The teenager was flown from Africa on the same day that his mother appealed to President Obama for his release. She said her son was coaxed into piracy by “gangsters with money.” The young pirate’s age and real name remained unclear. His parents said he is only 16; a law enforcement official said he is at least 18, meaning prosecutors will not have to take extra legal steps to try him in a U.S. court. His family asked the Minneapolis-based Somali Justice Advocacy Center to help get him a lawyer.