- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 12, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) - The captured Somali pirate is now in military custody.

FBI spokesman John Miller says that will change as the situation becomes “more of a criminal issue than a military issue.”

The Justice Department is reviewing evidence and considering whether to file criminal charges against the pirate captured in a hostage standoff on the high seas.

Department spokesman Dean Boyd says prosecutors are looking at “evidence and other issues” to determine whether to bring a case in the United States.

Attorney General Eric Holder said this past week that the U.S. hasn’t seen a case of piracy against an American ship in hundreds of years. U.S. prosecutors do have jurisdiction to bring charges when a crime is committed against a U.S. citizen or on a U.S. ship.

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