News reports say one of the four pirates
will be brought to the United States to face charges. Nineteen-year-old Abdulwali
Muse is believed to have helped hold Captain Phillips hostage.VOA
English to Africa reporter Kim Lewis spoke with Mark Ellis, executive director of
the International Bar Association in London and asked him what charges could be
said, "The charges really come under the act of piracy and subsequent acts of
the pirates themselves in the sense of the idea of idea of murder, the idea of
taking one hostage. There's an array of charges that could be charged against
him and we haven't seen full indictment yet. There's no question the charges
will be long, I think, and quite serious."
said mitigating circumstances the defense counsel might use are that the defendant
was not the one in charge, that he was
following orders, that he was forced into it.
said the charge takes in the concept of universal jurisdiction, which in turn
takes into account the concept that the trial must meet international standard
of universal jurisdiction.
said transferring Muse to Kenya to be tried under universal jurisdiction, but
there's a responsibility to make sure the trials are fair and meet
international standards of fairness.
for the suspect's age, Ellis said a defense of attorney might say he was
manipulated into joining the pirates – and use that as a mitigating factor.