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Somali Pirate Belgium

October 15, 2013 by  

Somali Pirate Belgium, Belgian authorities found a clever way to make a suspected Somali pirate known as “Big Mouth” shut up.

Alleged Somali pirate kingpin Mohamed Abdi Hassan– known as “Afweyne” or Big Mouth-was arrested upon arrival at Brussels airport Saturday, after Belgian authorities lured him with the possibility of fame, according to a Reuters report.

Hassan is believed to be a commander of gangs who pocketed millions of dollars in ransom payments from seizing merchant ships and yachts off the East African coast over a period of ten years.

Belgian authorities baited Hassan with promises to make a documentary film about his profitable adventures on the high seas, prosecutors told reporters at a news conference Monday.

Hassan and another suspected pirate –identified as Mohamed M. A. or “Tiiceey”– are now in custody. Tiiceey is a former governor of the Somali region of Himan and Heeb, and is suspected in helping Hassan’s gang, according to Belgian federal prosecutor Johan Delmulle.

Prosecutors said they decided to involve Belgian undercover agents after realizing an international arrest warrant would not likely help capture the men.

“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 told reporters.

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