The U.S. Department of Justice wants another opportunity to put an accused negotiator for Somali high-seas pirates on trial.
A Washington federal jury acquitted Ali Mohammad Ali in late November on a piracy count—the most serious charge against him. The jury hung on two lesser charges related to the taking of hostages. A lawyer for the government today told the court that prosecutors planned to retry Ali on the hostage-taking charges.
Ali was accused of boarding a ship that had been taken over by pirates and helping the perpetrators negotiate a ransom. Ali maintained he was trying to free the ship's crew and gather information.