Maersk Pirate has Arrived in New York
The suspect arrived at the Jacob K. Javits Federal Office Building in Manhattan, which is linked to a federal detention facility where he was expected to be held pending an appearance in federal court. The timing of that appearance was not immediately available. He was walked through the rain, surrounded by media, as well as officers from federal and New York City law enforcement agencies.
Earlier, his mother appealed to US President Barack Obama to free him. Adar Abdurahman Hassan told the BBC her son was innocent and just 16 years old. She said her son had been missing for two weeks prior to the hijacking and she only realised he had been implicated when she heard his name in a radio report.
Quinn said he wasn't angry at the single alleged pirate, noting that piracy in the region is fueled by the urge to survive hardship and poverty. He said the suspect told him that he wanted to go the United States, and asked whether Quinn could help him get there.
"I said, 'Yeah, you'll probably going to go anyway. I don't think you're going to need my help,'" Quinn said. "If he goes to jail here, it will be a whole lot better than living in Somalia."
Most Recommended Comment
New York, New York, United States