Notorious Somali Pirate Leader Arrested After Setup Promises To Make Him a Filmstar

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Somali pirate chief Mohamed Abdi Hassan, aka ‘Afweyne’ and ‘Big Mouth,’ arrested in Belguim after being lured by film offer

Mohamed Abdi Hassan, a retired Somali pirate leader known as ‘Big Mouth,’ arrested at Brussels airport. Prosecutors had fooled him into coming with an offer to make documentary about him.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 12:16 PM


TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images: Mohamed Abdi Hassan, an infamous Somali pirate, was nabbed in Brussels after landing at airport, thinking he was arriving to make film about his life.


BRUSSELS — Belgium has arrested the suspected leader of a Somali pirate group after luring him to Brussels with promises to make a documentary about his money-making life on the high seas, prosecutors said on Monday.

Mohamed Abdi Hassan, known as “Afweyne” or Big Mouth, was detained when he arrived at Brussels airport on Saturday with another suspect identified as Mohamed M. A. or “Tiiceey”, federal prosecutor…

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