Infamous Somali Pirate Lured Into Custody With Promise of a Starring Film Role

Belgian police nab pirate in epic sting

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We’ve all heard this story before: a bright young thing sets out to make it as a star on the silver screen, but fame isn’t everything he thought it would be. This time, though, it’s not Hollywood. And it’s not Debbie Reynolds. In fact, it’s a Somali Pirate named “Big Mouth.”

Belgian authorities captured the notorious pirate by luring him to Brussels on the premise that he would star in a documentary movie about his life on the high seas. But when “Big Mouth,” a.k.a. Mohamed Abdi Hassan or “Afweyne,” landed in Belgium to sign the movie deal, police arrested him for piracy.

Hassan and his colleague, Mohamed Abden, were charged with kidnapping, piracy, and organized crime in relation to the 2009 hijacking of the Belgian ship Pompei. The Pompei was held off the coast of Somalia for 70 days, and the nine people on the crew were used as hostages.

A UN report named Hassan a kingpin of the pirate industry, which made millions hijacking merchant vessels between 2008 and 2013. In addition to the Pompei, Hassan was also allegedly involved in the hijacking of a Saudi oil tanker and a Ukranian transport ship carrying refurbished Soviet tanks.

An EU spokesman said, “While fully respecting the principle of presumption of innocence, we consider that this arrest marks a significant step in the fight against piracy.”

No word on whether Big Mouth had FOMO from missing his “Captain Phillips” audition.

[AFP]

22 comments
yshabazz2
yshabazz2

This was a dumb move. You'd think that to be a pirate would require some street smarts.

olasson
olasson

A naive trick, but after receicing thousands of offers from african princes, I have started thinking that maybe naive tricks work best on naive people.

tymmac007
tymmac007

Not the sharpest tool in the shed.

SteveSiler
SteveSiler

Nice picture....thanks for sharing such a complete story.........a-holes

Cnl.Angus
Cnl.Angus

That scurvy sometimes can and will go to the brain...

Ajax
Ajax

What an idiot. Too bad he never watched "Cops" on satellite.

Bananaland
Bananaland

They've been doing that for years locally. The police send out notices that these people won a drawing, like for a TV or cruise. Then they arrest them when they show up, as they were all actually wanted on warrants. 

DonDolla
DonDolla

HAHAHAH wow. Dad always said think of the dumbest person you know and half the world is dumber than that.

Corvaz
Corvaz

Is this a Snowden leak?

tommy.vio
tommy.vio

This was a good trick, but the media killed it now.  Things like this should not be reported and exposed to the public because after this, nobody will be able to use the same trick to lure another criminal into an arrest this way. 

V.Tran
V.Tran

LOL .... That Argo's trick.

SusanNichols
SusanNichols

You can't fix stupid, but apparently, you can arrest it.

Jolly_Roger
Jolly_Roger

I seriously cannot believe that trick worked...but I'm glad it did.  Congrats Belgium.

Cnl.Angus
Cnl.Angus

Not the brightest light in the harbor, in this case.

JohnWoods
JohnWoods

@SteveSiler So angry because you don't have a photo? Wow. I can only imagine what you're like in traffic.

Ajax
Ajax

@Bananaland Right. Exactly. I guess he doesn't have a satellite TV even with all his pirate loot.

furby076
furby076

@DonDolla No pun intended, but that is really a dumb statement. It doesn't make sense, at all, unless your dad believes that the dumbest person you know is smack dab in the middle of the human intelligence spectrum. A more accurate statement is: Take the IQ of 100, half the population are above that and half the population are below that. The reason is that IQ tests are based on the population. So you could take an IQ test today, and score 110. If the rest of the world (except you) got smarter (hypothetically speaking) then your IQ would drop. If the rest of the world (except you) got dumber then your IQ would increase.

ChrisWalker2
ChrisWalker2

@tommy.vio They will still show up.  Next time you get a notification in the mail that you won a boat, don't go to the arena or convention center to pick it up, you'll be arrested along with the other 500-600 idiots that go.

It's a tried and true way to round up the dumbest criminals around, been working for over 20 years.

Alan_Thick
Alan_Thick

@furby076 "unless your dad believes that the dumbest person you know is smack dab in the middle of the human intelligence spectrum".  Yes, that's what his dad meant.  His dad meant that relative to him and his son, there are unimaginably stupid people... this pirate being one of them...