Wednesday, November 17, 2010 | Categories: Episodes
We started this segment with the sound of a ship coming under fire from pirates off the coast of Somalia. It happens a lot these days. Somali pirates are currently believed to be holding as many as 20 ships and an estimated 500 sailors and passengers. But this ship, was a little different because it belonged to the U.S. Navy ... and it fired back.
Last March, another group of Somali pirates attacked another U.S. Navy ship. Once they realized who they'd targeted they fled. The Navy ship gave chase, it captured the pirates and took them into custody. Now they are facing charges in Virginia in the first U.S. piracy trial in more than a century.The American piracy statute being used in this case hasn't seen the inside of a court room for 150 years. But Kenneth Randall says it's still a perfectly good tool for trying alleged pirates. He is the Dean of the University of Alabama's School of Law. And he has studied American piracy laws extensively. Kenneth Randall was in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Piracy Trial - Omar Jamal
Omar Jamal has a different view then our previous guest. He is the First Secretary with Somalia's Mission to the United Nations. He was in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Piracy Trial - Radhika Coomaraswamy
According to Radhika Coomaraswamy, the efforts to prosecute Somali pirates are going to get even more difficult. She's the United Nations' Secretary General's Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict. She was in Somalia earlier this month. And she says Somali pirates are recruiting more and more children. Radhika Coomaraswamy was in New York City.
Last Word - Riel
And before we ended the program ... NDP MP Pat Martin has introduced a private member's bill that would over-turn Louis Riel's conviction for treason. But one of Louis Riel's great-grand-nieces isn't so hot on the idea. She got the last word this morning to explain why.