How the US war on piracy brought one Somali to a West Virginia prison

Mohamed Hassan Farah lost his leg and his liberty in a gun battle with a US navy ship in 2010 and although he denies he was a pirate he faces life behind bars.
Mazin Sidahmed
Mohamed Hassan Farah, a Somali in US federal prison, has little in common with the 19th-century seafarer Thomas Smith besides the fact that they are among the few people to be convicted of piracy on the high seas in a US court.
While Smith and 13 of his crewmates were hanged in 1820 for boarding and pillaging 30 vessels in three months – including one by the name of Irresistible – Farah is expected to be handed a life sentence in a matter of weeks.
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