Monday, April 20, 2009
Mother of captured pirate suspect asks Obama to free her son
Mareeg.com, a Somali news outlet, has posted a short item about the mother of the boy who was detained by the US Navy as a result of the Maersk Alabama incident. Adar Hassain says she had been searching for her sixteen year-old son the past two weeks and just discovered that he was being sent to New York to face trial. Abdiwali Muse's three fellow pirates were killed by SEAL sharpshooters, ending the hostage-taking of Captain Richard Phillips. Adar says the last she heard from her son was when he was in school in Galk'ayo, in central Somalia, and that she believes he fell under the influence of pirates. She hopes President Obama will either free her son or fly her to New York to hear the case.