Behind the bare brick walls of a desolate former British colonial prison in Somali land, five jailed Somali pirates didn't seem very fearsome at all.
Abdiwali Abdiqadir Muse, who was charged in New York Tuesday, is the first in more than a century to be tried for piracy in the US.
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The high profile of the case suggests a trial in the United States, but the Justice Department might be wary of bringing the young suspect into the American court system.
Escalation of violence could lead pirate gangs to join radical militants, including those with ties to Al Qaeda, say analysts.
As attacks continue, experts consider whether deadly force would be an effective deterrent.
Military options could only make things worse, some analysts say, if they did not go hand in hand with political solutions.