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Thu, 20 May 2010 11:44 - Updated Thu, 20 May 2010 11:44

Somalia criticises US for putting pirate on trial


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Mogadishu - A Somali official has criticised the US for prosecuting a man over a piracy incident off the Horn of Africa.

Jamaal Cumar, a US-based Somali official, said that there were "serious concerns" over jurisdiction in the case of Abdiwali Abdiqadir Muse.

Mr Cumar questioned the authority of any foreign country to try Somali pirates active off East Africa.

Muse, from Somalia, faces 27 years in a US jail after admitting an attack on the Maersk Alabama in April 2009.

Somali pirate suspects have been tried in various countries across the world, as Somalia has no functioning central government.

Legal experts have been struggling with the problem of where to try piracy cases for years.

Meanwhile, the European Union says it is trying find a regional solution by involving Somalia's neighbours.

The stand-off only ended several days later when the US Navy intervened.