Skip to comments.Will Pirates Who Allegedly Killed Americans Be Prosecuted In U.S.? And If So, Where?
Posted on 02/23/2011 7:48:29 AM PST by Qbert
The fate of the Somali pirates who allegedly killed four Americans off the coast of Somalia has yet to be determined, but the U.S. Justice Department says it is "investigating and reviewing" evidence in the case and is "committed to working with our international partners to ensure that the perpetrators of this heinous crime are brought to justice."
The four Americans were on a yacht in the waters off the Horn of Africa when their vessel was hijacked Friday. U.S. forces were following the hijacked yacht when on Tuesday at least some of the hijackers opened fire. The hostages -- Scott and Jean Adam of California, and Phyllis Macay and Bob Riggle of Seattle -- had suffered fatal wounds.
If the U.S. government decides to handle this case in the same way it has handled other recent cases of Somali pirates targeting U.S. ships, the 15 surviving Somalis currently aboard a U.S. aircraft carrier near the Horn of Africa will soon be heading for a U.S. courtroom.
The United States may not have many other options. In early 2009, Kenya and several Western countries entered into an agreement whereby Kenya would prosecute pirates captured by Western forces. But Kenya became overwhelmed by the volume of cases, and in late 2010 Kenya canceled the agreement, according to reports at the time.
Should the Justice Department, along with other U.S. authorities, decide to prosecute the 15 pirates in the United States, one of four U.S. attorneys' offices around the country could end up with the case: the Southern District of New York, the Eastern District of Virginia, the Western District of Washington or the Central District of California.
Asked whether those districts are in fact in the mix, a Justice Department spokesman declined to answer, saying he is "not going to speculate...
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How about my back yard
I can’t believe they will be *prosecuted* in the DOJ.
I can, however, believe they will be given *jobs* in the DOJ’s civil rights enforcement division.
Justice from this DOJ? I’ll believe it when I see it.
WTF? Prosecuted?! These SOBs should not even be ALIVE!
They should all be passing through sharks’ digestive systems right about now.
Why don’t we go back to the “old” way of dealing with pirates? Summary trial at sea by the ship’s Captain.
If it were up to me, I would take our military and bomb selected targets on the Somali coast - i.e. any ship in port that could be utilized by pirates should be destoryed. Wouldn’t that solve the Somali pirate problem? Wouldn’t the world be a much better, safer place?
African Muslims killed 4 white Christians. I think we all know how Obama’s DOJ will deal with this.
they should be taken to the center of that town and hung, and everyone told the next time a boat leaves this place to hijack we are coming back and kill everyone and destroy everything here. one warning.
contrast that with what we actually do. send them money when they hijack.
like you said:
God we have become stupid.
It’s really scary how many people have become numbed to this.
The trial should be held in Davey Jones’ Locker. We should be killing every pirate we find and shelling the Somalian coast back into the Stone Age (which is only a decade or so ago there).
We previously went to war over pirates seizing American ships.
I pray/hope Putin and the Russian navy will take the pirates for a boat ride - then let them paddle home...
Hey, here’s another one.
You think the soldiers properly read these Pirates their rights? If not anything they admit will be thrown out of court. And did they have a proper search warrant? You think we will pay for their lawyers as taxpayers?
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