The pirates of seas in Somali are seizing commercial vessels regardless of their flag and then demanding millions in ransom. But they regard themselves as unofficial coastguard. This comment has come from a spokesman for the gang tried to justify his group’s actions as the stand-off between at least six US navy warships and some 30 pirates aboard the hijacked Ukrainian ship MV Faina continued off the coast of Somalia this week.
The pirates’ spokesman, Sugule Ali, comment that after spotting a big ship, Ukranian ship, they stopped it. Then they learned, though, that their booty was an estimated £16 million-worth of heavy weaponry, including some 33 Russian-made T-72 battle tanks, heading for Sudan – and bringing unwelcome attention from the rest of the world.
In an interview Sugule expounded on everything from what the pirates wanted to why they were doing this, to what they had to eat on board. He exclaimed that they are trying to stop illegal fishing and dumping of waste in Somalia waters. He also said that in the eyes of the world, the pirates had been misunderstood. He added that they are not bandits instead coastguards.
According to him Somalia has suffered from many years of destruction because of all these weapons. They just want money. It is fact that piracy in Somalia is a highly organised, lucrative, ransom-driven business which started about ten to 15 years ago, as a response to illegal fishing.