Federal judge sentenced Somali pirate to 34 years

On February 16, 2011, a federal judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York sentenced Somali pirate Abduwali Muse to 34 years in prison for the 2009 hijacking of the vessel Maesrk Alabama. Muse was charged on counts that included conspiracy and committing piracy after the court decided to try him as an adult. International maritime piracy doubled in the first half of 2009, concentrated near Somalia. Federal judges have handed down sentences for Somali pirates, and courts in Spain, Germany and South Korea have also levied sentences.

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