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Latest piracy news (January 17, 2013)

(BRUSSELS2) On the piracy “front”, things are rather calm… The big development on the ground is the cessation of his activities by one of the most prolific pirates.

(update) Conviction of 10 Pirates in Yemen

The Mukala Specialized Criminal Court on Monday (January 7) sentenced 10 Somali pirates to ten years in prison from their arrest. Judge Abdu Ali al-Awadi found them guilty of piracy, announced the national Saba agency, for criminal conspiracy, preparation for piracy with a ship (Hebrew), a boat and a ladder. The pirates used military uniforms to appear as international forces and capture ships passing through the waters.

Training of Amisom VPDs

In the first half of January, the Belgian soldiers from Louise-Marie began training 24 Ugandan soldiers from AMISOM who will serve as VPD on board ships supplying the African mission in Somalia.

A Dutch VPD team

Dutch marine commandos provided protection for the merchant ship MV Rolldock Sea on its way from Singapore to Suez, announces the Dutch Ministry of Defence.

The leader of the pirates retires

One of the main leaders of piracy has announced his withdrawal from “business”. We are far from the image of the fantasy pirate. The man is more reminiscent of a merchant. Not content with announcing this withdrawal, in agreement with the previous government, specified Mohamed Abdi Hassan (known as Afweyne) during a press conference, he also called on his former brothers in arms to follow the movement and stop the piracy. He also mentioned an agreement with the former Somali government, which supports the information disseminated in the press that he would have, if not a “diplomatic passport”, at least a safe conduct. To listen (a recording broadcast by the Telegraph.tv)

Who knows... in a while, we could find him head of the anti-piracy division of the Somali Ministry of the Interior or Transport. An expert 😉

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Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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