July 7th, 2011
03:23 PM ET

Yemeni pleads guilty to piracy that killed 4 Americans

Mounir Ali, a/k/a “Muner Ali,” 23, of Yemen, pled guilty in federal court Thursday to acts of piracy against the S/V Quest, which resulted in the murder in February of four American citizens.

Scott and Jean Adam, Phyllis Macay and Robert Riggle were killed after the Adam's yacht was hijacked in the Gulf of Aden. A U.S. negotiating team had tried to secure the release of the captives after several Navy ships tracked the pirates, but while negotiations were “ongoing” the pirates opened fire.

“Eleven Somali pirates have now pled guilty to the armed hijacking of a U.S. vessel in February off the East Africa coast,” said Neil H. MacBride, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. “Mounir Ali admitted today that his greed for ransom money ultimately led to the cold-blooded murder of the four U.S. hostages. This latest guilty plea again shows that modern piracy is far different than the romantic portrayal in summer-time movies. Pirates who attack on U.S. citizens on the high seas will face justice in a U.S. courtroom.”

“Today’s plea brings us one step closer to the resolution of the Quest’s hijacking and the brutal killing of four Americans. Armed with RPGs and automatic weapons, Ali willingly participated in this premeditated attack to pirate the Quest, in a vain attempt for ransom," said Janice K. Fedarcyk Assistant Director in Charge for the FBI’s New York Field Office.

Ali admitted that he and four other men from Yemen were crew members of a boat that was pirated by Somalis. When the Somali conspirators were in the process of capturing the American yacht, Ali willingly elected to join them in return for a share of the ransom money.

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  1. André

    Stupid liberal politics now forces the American taxpayer to clothe and feed this low-life for a lifetime, likely better than he would have had if he tried to earn an honest living back "home"..

    July 15, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Reply
  2. AO

    Did i miss something, i didnt see anything about a prison sentance or death in the articlie? what will his punishment be? i hope its death, i dont want to pay for this fool and his friends living here.

    July 12, 2011 at 6:59 am | Reply
  3. william

    CATCH AND RELEASE Program. Capture them, sink their boat, interogate them for useful inforamtion and release them. AT SEA. If they can swim back to shore, they will live to be caught again.

    July 11, 2011 at 11:13 pm | Reply
  4. YeHa StringEmUp

    I love the whole wild west string up posse views people take. Then they go to church and pray to a loving and merciful god. I am not a librial. Hell I am a gun slinging NRA instructor. But I wish my fellow americians could embrace the values that we always profess to belive in. Insted of always comming across as a blood thirsty lynch mob

    July 11, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Reply
  5. Scott

    Why did we waste tax payer dollars to fly him here, take him to court, and convict him? He's now going to get three meals a day in jail, clean stuff to wear, and a place to sleep each night. It would have been much more efficient to make him him disappear and then let the families know that he is now gone. The closure process is a loose-loose for everyone here it seems....

    July 10, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Reply
  6. Kerry Bedford, TX

    It is unfortunate that they take them alive when swift justice would have saved a lot of money and trouble. Exactly, now what? The US becomes victimized again by supporting these people in prison? It's like shooting ourselves in the foot by capturing them. U.S. citizents don't want them in our country.

    July 9, 2011 at 9:58 am | Reply
  7. Hollywood65

    So what! Now he lives in America and we support this pirate. Death, just like in the old days!!

    July 8, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Reply

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