Somali Pirate Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

The captain held hostage by Muse and his cohorts, Richard Phillips, was freed from the pirates' grasp when U.S. Navy SEAL snipers shot operating from the fantail of a destroyer ended a five day standoff by cutting down three pirates who had held the captain in one of the Maersk Alabama's covered lifeboats. Muse was aboard the destroyer at the time, having surrendered earlier in the day.

Detained for a time by the U.S. Navy, Muse was transferred to New York after a decision was made to try him in the United States.

Wounded during the alleged piracy, Muse now requires an operation to his hand which may have a severed tendon or nerve. But he does not want to have the operation until he has spoken to his mother. He has not yet been able to accomplish that, his lawyer said.

Muse has no books or periodicals to help him while away the time, largely because it has been difficult for his lawyers to locate a publisher of Somali material -- and prison rules require books and periodicals to be shipped directly from the publisher. Weinstein says that at this point they may have located two Somali language newspapers and will see if they can arrange for one of them to be delivered. In the meantime, Muse, is learning English words and phrases, adding to the small stock he picked up along the coast of Somalia.

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