Somali Pirate ‘Big Mouth’ Captured in Belgium

Somalia End of Piracy Big Mouth

Notorious Somali pirate Mohamed Abdi Hassan, known as “Afweyne” or “Big Mouth,” has been arrested in Belgium after authorities lured him there, promising to make a movie about his money-making life on the high seas.

A joint undercover operation conducted by Belgian federal police and the special crime unit reversed Argo-ed the pirate, telling him to meet them at the Brussels airport to continue discussions about his life-story movie. Instead, after arriving on a Saturday flight from Nairobi, he was met by a pair of handcuffs and immediately detained.

The plan had been in motion since 2009 when two pirates were arrested and sentenced for the hijacking of a Belgian ship. Prosecutors decided that wasn’t enough and decided to go after the pirates who masterminded the 2009 attack (i.e. Big Mouth). So someone came up with the brilliant idea of asking Big Mouth if he would be an advisor on a piracy film that portrays his life carrying out high seas hijackings. Perhaps he thought it would be a Pirates of the Caribbean remake? Or a sequel to Captain Phillips? Captain Big Mouth: Pirates of the Indian Ocean.

Apparently it took months to reel Big Mouth in, but in the end he could not resist the call of Hollywood and agreed to meet the “producers” in Belgium. If only he had stayed in Somalia where the “government” was protecting him and where he was trying to turn his life around.

Despite having been named by the United Nations as “one of the most notorious and influential leaders” of Somalia’s pirates, Big Mouth had said earlier this year that he would be ending his eight-year piracy career, preferring to enter into politics. Seems like a logical progression… Unfortunately for him, his pirate past and Hollywood dreams destroyed a once-promising political career.

Via: Al Jazeera

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