Somali Pirate Kingpin Mohamed Abdi Hassan was lured to Belgium by undercover officers masquerading as filmmakers wanting to make a documentary about his crime exploits in the high seas that would “mirror his life as a pirate”.
In 2009, Somali pirates released the Pompei’s crew after 10 weeks ordeal of living in deplorable living conditions after a ransom of $3 Million was paid, by being dropped by a parachute.
Federal prosecutor Johan Delmulle said: “[He] one of the most important and infamous kingpin pirate leaders, responsible for the hijacking of dozens of commercial vessels from 2008 to 2013.”
The Pirate Kingpin who is also known as “Afweyne” or Big Mouth, was arrested once he arrived at Brussels airport on Saturday with another suspect identified as Mohamed M. A. or “Tiiceey”, federal prosecutor Johan Delmulle told a news conference.
‘(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.
‘Too often, these people remain beyond reach while they let others do the dirty work,’ Delmulle told reporters.
“After patiently starting a relationship of trust with Tiiceey, and through him with Afweyne, which took several months, both were prepared to participate in this (film) project,” Delmulle said.
According to the American One Earth Future foundation Somali piracy in 2011, cost the world economy a whooping $7billion.
This is no longer the case as AMISON led by Kenya eventually captured the crown jewel of Al-shabaab Militia, that is the port of Kismayu, which was in the hands of the Al-shabaab militia that provided the fuel to both the militia and the pirates plying the busy shipping lanes of the Gulf of Aden and the northwestern Indian Ocean to conduct their activities unfettered.