Somalia: Piracy Slashed But Govt Ties With Pirates Grow
Reports from the International Maritime Bureau indicate a significant reduction in incidences of piracy in the Gulf of Aden in the first quarter of 2012.
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Since: Apr 10
#1 Jul 23, 2012
"While the dip in piracy incidences calls for celebration, two aspects will have a negative effect on the prospects of sustaining the trend.
These are the growing relationships between some TFG officials and pirate leaders, and the diversion of piracy skills to other criminal activities. Two examples of the relationship between government and pirate leaders are the differences in sentences given to low-level pirates and to pirate kingpins, and the issuing of a diplomatic passport to pirate leader Mohamed Abdi Hassan 'Afweyne' by President Sheik Sheriff Sheik Ahmed.
Although Puntland has embarked on a counter-piracy campaign, the prosecution of low-level pirates and pirate leaders has been inconsistent. Abshir Boyah, a Puntland-based pirate leader, was arrested but sentenced to only 5 years in jail, whereas low-level pirates have sometimes been given sentences of up to 20 years.
These two instances, highlighted in the advance copy of the UN sanctions committee report, seem to point to a connection between pirate kingpins and some government official"
Fire is hot, water is wet and Somalia is corrupt. Nothing new, just another ordinary day.
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