By Godwin Oritse with agency reports
MOVES by European authorities to arrest Somalia pirate ring leader, Mohamed Abdi Hassan, have yielded result as the man behind most the vessel hijacks and kidnapping of crew members.
His involvement if pirate activities in the Somalia axis has also netted in million of dollars in the coffers of these sea criminals.
The alleged pirate kingpin thought he was going work in the movies. Instead he landed in jail.
In a sting operation worthy of Hollywood, Mohamed Abdi Hassan was lured from Somalia to Belgium with promises of work on a documentary about high-seas crime that would “mirror his life as a pirate,” federal prosecutor Johan Delmulle said Monday.
But rather than being behind the camera as an expert adviser, Abdi Hassan ended up behind bars, nabbed as he landed Saturday at Brussels airport.
“He’s one of the most important and infamous kingpin pirate leaders, responsible for the hijacking of dozens of commercial vessels from 2008 to 2013,” Delmulle said.
Abdi Hassan — whose nickname, Afweyne, means “Big Mouth” — was charged with hijacking the Belgian dredger Pompei and kidnapping its nine-member crew in 2009, Delmulle said.