Claude Cartaginese

The Marxist Comes to the Defense of the Pirate

Posted on April 22 2009 11:17 am
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Abduhl Wali-i-Musi is one lucky pirate. While each of his accomplices in the hijacking of an American cargo ship (and the kidnapping of its captain) two weeks ago met their end via a bullet to the brain delivered by Navy Seal sharpshooters, Musi arrived, all smiles, in New York yesterday to face federal charges in the attack. His arrival came on the same day that his mother appealed to President Barack Obama for her son’s release.

“I appeal to President Obama to pardon my teenager,” Adar Abdirahman Hassan said in a telephone interview with the Associated Press from her home in Somalia. “I request him to release my son or at least allow me to see him and be with him during the trial.”  In short, she portrayed her son as a poor little youngster who had been duped into a life of piracy by “gangsters with money.”

Interestingly, Musi has elsewhere been described not as a duped teenager, but as the ringleader of the four Somali hijackers who attacked the U.S.-flagged Maersk Alabama cargo ship on April 8 and took its captain hostage, according to a report by CBS News. Before Musi had even arrived in New York, his family (despite their poverty and supposed lack of sophistication) had already asked the Minneapolis-based Somali Justice Advocacy Center (SJAC) to help get Musi a lawyer, according to the organization’s executive director, Omar Jamal. 

Did SJAC agree to have Musi represented by a public defender, appointed by the court at no charge to the accused? Not quite. It appears that the Advocacy Center did even better than that. Ron Kuby — the Marxist lawyer who has extensive experience in representing Islamic terrorists, American terrorists, and cop killers — reports that he has been in discussions about forming a legal team to represent the Somalian.

“I think in this particular case, there’s a grave question as to whether America was in violation of principles of truce in warfare on the high seas,” said Kuby. “This man seemed to come onto the Bainbridge under a flag of truce to negotiate. He was then captured. There is a question whether he is lawfully in American custody and serious questions as to whether he can be prosecuted because of his age.”

Let the circus begin.

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