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Mother of boy accused of piracy speaks to the BBC

Abde Wale Abdul Kadhir Muse is escorted into FBI headquarters in New York

Abde Wale Abdul Kadhir Muse will be the first person to face piracy charges in the US in over a century, US media reports say

The mother of a teenager captured during the rescue of an American sea captain held hostage by Somali pirates has spoken to the BBC.

Sixteen year old Abde Wale Abdul Kadhir Muse, was captured eight days ago and is now facing trial in the US.

His mother, Adar Abdurahman Hassan, told the BBC Somali service that her son was innocent.

"I am requesting the American government, I am requesting President Obama to release my child. He has got nothing to do with the pirates' crime...he is a minor. He is under age and he has been used for this crime.

"I also request from the US, if they choose to put him on trial, I want them to invite me there".

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First broadcast 20 April 2009

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