A Somali national who pleaded guilty to piracy charges still awaits sentencing after postponement of a hearing in New York Tuesday.
The court delayed sentencing of Abduwali Abdukhadir Muse, who prosecutors say led the attack on the U.S.-flag Maersk Alabama off the coast of Africa a year and a half ago.
The scheduled sentencing hearing was adjourned until a later date. No reason was immediately provided by the court or prosecutors for the delay.
Piracy news from JOC:
Vessel Hijackings Reach Five-Year High.
Muse has pleaded guilty to charges he hijacked the ship and kidnapped its captain.
Prosecutors say Muse acted as the ringleader when he and three other men seized the container ship about 350 miles off the coast of Somalia on April 8, 2009.
Three of the pirates who held Captain Richard Phillips hostage were killed by Navy SEALS, who used infrared sniper scopes to pick them off in the lifeboat where they were holding the captain.
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