Nabbed Pirate Arrives in NY

Teen hauled to New York as mom appeals for clemency
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 21, 2009 3:16 AM CDT
Police and FBI agents escort Abduhl Wali-i-Musi into FBI headquarters in New York yesterday.   (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano)
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(Newser) – The only pirate to survive the attempted hijacking of the Maersk Alabama has arrived in New York to face charges, the New York Daily News reports. Abduhl Wali-i-Musi, manacled and flanked by a dozen agents, smiled for photographers as he was led into FBI headquarters in Manhattan. Investigators have determined he's at least 18 and can be tried as an adult.

Wali-i-Musi's mother, however, insists her son is only 16 and was led astray by "gangsters with money," she told AP. She appealed to President Obama to free him. A civil rights lawyer is attempting to form a team to represent the teen. But one legal expert noted that any American lawyer with experience defending piracy cases has been dead for over a century.