Today from Hiiraan Online:
Ads By Google
Somehow The Man Described As A 'Founding Figure' In Somali Piracy Has Got Himself A Diplomatic Passport
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Ads By Google
A top pirate leader in Somalia has been given a diplomatic passport by the country's president, according to a U.N. Monitoring Group on Somalia report to the Security Council seen by Reuters.
Pirate leader Mohamed Abdi Hassan "Afweyne" reportedly showed the passport to immigration officers in Malaysia and produced a document that showed he worked in counter-piracy activities. The report said that the passport had been given "with the authorization of Somali President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed". Afweyne is just one of many pirates that the government is accused of sheltering.
Pirate attacks on merchant ships have dropped to their lowest rates since 2008, in part due to tougher naval action and the use of private armed guards, but also because of deals the Somalian government is believed to have cut with notable pirates.
Afwyene has been described as one of the "founding figures of modern day Somali piracy".
Somalia’s two Olympians defy civil war and terrorism to compete
Grenade attack in northeast Kenya wounds five
For pirates, U.S. courts offer no safe harbor
U.S. government issues another worldwide security caution
Somalia's president shielded top pirate leader with diplomatic passport: UN
African Union lauds security improvements in Somalia
Minnesota - Wanted: People to translate in court
- Star Tribune
Nuruddin Farah: Not all Somalis are pirates and we have been victims too
Officer killed, another injured in Garissa
- The Standard Digital
"Following Transition Period, Somalia to Take Firm Steps forward"
- JT Weekly
Somali to shed tear for slain predecessor
Human Rights Watch: migrant children detained for over three months
Somali pirate kingpins enjoy "impunity"-UN experts
One million return to Mogadishu
Marni Soupcoff: Jason Kenney couldn’t kill compassion in Canada even if he tried
- National Post
All Rights Reserved Copyright. © 1999-2021, www.hiiraan.com