Friday, April 15, 2011

Somali pirates to duplicate the ship approaches

The Pirates committed in the first three months of the year a total of 97 attacks on ships in the Gulf of Aden, more than double those committed during the same period in 2010, said today the Information Center on Piracy. The center, under the International Maritime Bureau, said that there has been a "dramatic increase in violence and techniques" used by Somali pirate gangs, despite increased surveillance by ships force international patrol those waters.

During the first quarter of last year were 45 reported attacks on ships plying the Gulf of Aden. In its report, the center based in Kuala Lumpur said that worldwide there were 142 pirate attacks, including 18 hijackings of ships, three of these tankers. Also, seven crew members were killed and 34 others were wounded during these attacks, according to data provided by the center.

A suspected Somali pirate chief appeared Thursday before a U.S. court after being caught last week, to answer the kidnapping of the yacht "Quest" and the murder of four U.S. crew. Shibin Saaili Mohamad, 50, appeared today in federal court in Norfolk, Virginia, for a charge, on the first occasion when taken to court in the U.S.

for an alleged Somali pirates after their capture. According to federal prosecutor said Neil MacBride said in a statement, the case "sends a message to all the pirates are not beyond the scope of the FBI, on board ship or stay on the ground in Somalia." According to the statement of objections, one of the suspected pirates involved in the kidnapping Shibin identified as the middleman who negotiated the release of four hostages on board the Quest.

" Internet Shibin investigated in the lives of four to determine "what ransom they ask for and identify family members who to contact to claim the ransom." The inmate and fourteen people are accused of piracy, kidnapping and conspiracy to possess and use weapons during a crime of blood.

The trial against the accused, if found guilty could be sentenced to life imprisonment, beginning on 29 November. The "Quest" was seized by pirates off the coast of Oman in February in an incident that ended with the death of four crew, American marriage and Jean Adam Scott and his fellow Phyllis Macay and Bob Riggle.

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