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Updated: Pirate researcher fears revenge. Somali pirate researcher Mohamed Husein Gaas warns of possible reprisals on Norwegian crews and ships in the wake of Jacob Stolt-Nielsen’s uncompromising remarks. The ship-owner told Dagens Næringsliv (DN) “pirates caught in international waters have always been punished with death, most often performed on the spot” and advocates introducing the practice, even though he admitted this was brutal practice. His statements were not well received by the Somali community in Norway, according to the paper.

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Updated: Pirate researcher fears revenge

Published on Thursday, 17th February, 2011 at 09:16 under the news category, by Nicoleta Dumitrache Sincan.
Last Updated on 17th February 2011 at 21:43.

Somali pirate researcher Mohamed Husein Gaas warns of possible reprisals on Norwegian crews and ships in the wake of Jacob Stolt-Nielsen’s uncompromising remarks.

Pirates leave MV Faina for Somali shore (illus. ph.)
Pirates leave MV Faina for Somali shore (illus. ph.)
Photo: U.S. Navy photo/Wikimedia Commons


The ship-owner told Dagens Næringsliv (DN) “pirates caught in international waters have always been punished with death, most often performed on the spot” and advocates introducing the practice, even though he admitted this was brutal practice.

His statements were not well received by the Somali community in Norway, according to the paper.

Mohamed Husein Gaas believes Mr. Stolt-Nielsen’s idea will make pirates deliberately target Norwegian ships and sailors.

“Pirates are very vindictive. Rumors spread really fast, and all the locals down there digest Norwegian and international news”, he tells DN.

He also believes killing the pirates would not solve the problem, because they do not care about being killed.

“They are not rational. Local Somalis live daily with the fear of dying anyway.”

Shirdon Abdikarim, general manager of the Somali Resource and Rehabilitation Centre in Oslo is also concerned about the consequences of the shipping magnate’s remarks.

He knows they are familiar with the various shipping companies’ designs and flags, enabling them to distinguish the vessels from several hundred meters.

“The statement puts the Norwegian, and other sailors and hostages in great danger”.

More than 700 crew have been taken hostage and some 30 vessels hijacked to date.There have been 36 pirate attacks, 9 of them successful, since the beginning of this year.



Published on Thursday, 17th February, 2011 at 09:16 under the news category, by Nicoleta Dumitrache Sincan.
Last updated on 17th February 2011 at 21:43.

This post has the following tags: jacobstolt-nielsen, somalipirates, shipowners.





  
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