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(CN) - An alleged Somali pirate negotiator should face home confinement after spending over 28 months in jail awaiting trial, a federal judge ruled.
Ali Mohamed "Ali has been subjected to pretrial detention for over twenty-eight months, and his trial is not scheduled to begin until November," U.S. District Judge Ellen Huvelle wrote. "There is a point in time at which due process can no longer tolerate additional pretrial detention. For Ali, that time has come."
Ali stands accused by the government of helping Somali pirates kidnap and ransom a merchant vessel and its crew captured in the Gulf of Aden off the Somali coast.
Source: Courthouse News
Huvelle also found the government responsible for 13 months of delay since it appealed the court's interpretation of aiding and abetting piracy.
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"'[G]overnment-wide' concern about the policy implications of the court's interpretation of aiding and abetting piracy simply does not justify the individual implications of continued pretrial detention under a due process analysis." (Parentheses and italics in original.)
Ali was released to home confinement at the home of Said Ahmed Salah, and will be monitored with an electronic ankle device.
At any rate though, the total disregard for anything like law is what is getting me. US methods have not always been kosher, let alone legal....but never have I seen the OPEN and blatant contempt for even basic legal principles our nation is built upon. Due process is a founding and core concept......they give all the attention to of a jaywalking ordinance.