Wednesday, May 19, 2010

President to Pardon Somali Pirate?

Abdiwali Abdiqadir Muse was one of four pirates who took over the Maersk Alabama off of the coast of Somalia. Snipers took down three of his companions and now he is looking at a minimum sentence of 27 years for hostage-taking and conspiracy. Today's Washington Post reports that his mother (in Somalia) has "appealed to President Barack Obama on Wednesday to pardon her son and grant him citizenship." The President, of course, has yet to grant a single pardon or commutation of sentence. The mother adds that it would be "a stain" on the President's name if he were to "punish this child and throw him in jail." See Post article here. See a PardonPower post on pardons and pirates here.


Henry E Clark JR said...

I really dont know what to think about this, someone that steals a vessel and would kill anyone on the vessel that got in thier way. I know I have done wrong in the past, But also beleive no pirate deserves a pardon, If anything make him walk the plank !!!!!!

Henry E Clark Jr--Bernie, MO

Anonymous said...


The answer to your title is simply "No." It's like asking for the keys back after driving into a ditch.

-Former Student-

P.S. Ruckman, Jr. said...

EDITOR: "Former Student": If it were all "simple," then you might have something going for your point. But simplicity is rarely the hallmark of pardons with international angles. Past practice includes many pirates, an individual who tried to assassinate Truman, individuals who sprayed the House of Representatives with bullets (hitting 5 member of Congress and more than a few spies. So, the bar is actually set rather low. Best,

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