Thursday, February 17, 2011

Pirate hits 'brig' time

She shed tears for his victims, then keelhauled the black-hearted buccaneer who had held them captive.

An emotional judge yesterday lowered the boom on a scrawny Somali pirate who led the armed hijacking of an American freighter and kidnapped its captain.

Manhattan federal Judge Loretta Preska imposed a maximum, 405-month sentence on 21-year-old Abduwali Muse after tearfully reading aloud from letters written by crew members of the Maersk Alabama and their family members.

The judge choked up repeatedly -- at one point removing her glasses and dabbing at her eyes with a tissue -- as she highlighted the anguish inflicted by the ordeal off the Horn of Africa


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