Washington, DC (Vocus) April 30, 2009
A young Somali man, Abduhl Wal-i-Musi, the only survivor of a pirate attack on a U.S. cargo ship earlier this month, appeared before a U.S. federal judge Tuesday to face charges.
Martin Mohammed, President of the U.S. African Chamber of Commerce, said it would have been better if Wal-i-Musi had faced charges in his native country. The trial would have sent a warning to other pirates operating in the region, who may someday request to be arrested in the United States for a better life. This would also give a chance for the weak Somali government.
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