NY court appearance scheduled for Piracy suspect

This April 22, 2009 file photo shows the U.S.-flagged Maersk Alabama, leaving the Port of Mombasa, Kenya. Somali pirates attacked the Maersk Alabama ship for the second time in seven months on Wednesday Nov, 18, 2009, but guards aboard the cargo ship returned fire and repelled the takeover attempt, the EU's naval force said. (Sayyid Azim, File)

May 18, 2010 5:13:00 AM PDT
A Somali suspect accused of staging a brazen high-seas attack on a U.S.-flagged ship off Africa's coast is due in a Manhattan court. Abdiwali Abdiqadir Muse will be in federal court on Tuesday. He was brought to New York last year for what's believed to be the first U.S. piracy prosecution in more than a century. He has pleaded not guilty to piracy under the law of nations and hostage-taking.

Prosecutors say Muse led four pirates who stormed the Maersk Alabama April 8, 2009 as it carried humanitarian supplies 280 miles off Somalia's coast. Navy snipers fatally shot three pirates and freed the ship's captain to end the standoff.