A negotiator, "Jami Adam", for the pirates holding the Saudi supertanker "Sirius Star" off the Somali coasts has disclosed that 40 hijackers seized control of the Saudi vessel and that negotiations were continuing between them and its owners. He added that the "hijackers' love" for Saudi Arabia because it is a Muslim country would reduce the ransom and also disclosed that the pirates received help from other countries that are providing them with information about the routes used by ships.
He mentioned that the kidnappers' ransom demand, which he refused to specify, was not exaggerated, especially as the tanker belongs to Saudi Arabia, which, according to him, "they respect very much and love because it is a Muslim country." He added: "We had to bear many expenses to hijack it; $ 500,000 was paid for information and expenses for the people who hijack ships." Adam disclosed that the pirates benefit from information they receive from their partners who support and provide them with information from other countries and said: "We have countries (Dubai UAE, Jebel Ali Port dominates the region) that give us information about the ships in the sea, if there are commercial ships or sailing in our way. (Dubai is the main commercial center of the Persian Gulf. Its' port of Mina Jebel Ali has the largest man-made harbor in the world with 67 berths and extensive dry-dock capability)
Saturday, October 04, 2008, SOMALIA AL-SHABAAB PIRATES ARE MASTERMINDED BY MUSLIM MAFIA CRIME LORDS DAWOOD IBRAHIM AND HAHI MOHAMMAD ISMAIL FROM DUBAI. There are No Major Shipping Ports in Yemen, the Dubai Port of Jebel Ali dominates the regions shipping activity ! Shabaab pirates are run by Muslim Mafia Crime Lords in Dubai UAE who monitor shipping routes for targets. The Crime lords pass directions on to at least five pirate gangs who pay a licence fee to Somali politicians.The majority of the Somali leaders are warlords or mafia-like businessmen connected to pirates, arms smugglers, stolen car networks and people-traffickers. The profits from the ransoms of hijacking the cargo ships go to the Somalia al-Shabaab Islamists, just one more example of al-Qaeda terrorist financing on the cheap, huge profits from ransoms, low cost with the al-Shabaab pirates. The Muslim Mafia Dons in Dubai have access to the shipping routes of specific cargo ships due to their long time involvement in the stolen car networks that ships stolen vehicles from around the world to Dubai for re-papering and re-export.
Haji Mohammad Ismail, a magnate with interests in the cold-storage business and shipping, is among several Dubai-based businessmen who has for long faced media allegations of using Somalia, Dubai and Mombassa-based operations to support Dawood Ibrahim's trafficking operations and directly linked to Dawood's network. In 1997, a Nairobi court charged another Dawood Ibrahim-linked businessman, Madat Ali Chatur, with customs and tax-fraud. See Haji Mohammad Ismail's website, click here, with links to all the major shipping lines from around the world with what items are in what containers on what cargo ships and where the cargo ships are going, Detailed cargo descriptions available to Import Genius subscribers, Monthly Container Imports, View every container imported this month...See video example of how this Cargo Container ID system works, click here.
The last three months have seen a huge spike in pirate attacks off the Somali coast. This week alone, pirates wielding AK-47s and rocket-propelled grenades seized four ships, including a tanker carrying $100 million in crude oil, bringing to around 90 the number of ships attacked this year. It gets worse, according to University of Maryland researcher Jana Shakarian. She claims that pirates have begun cooperating with the Islamic extremists (Al-Shabaab) who dominate much of southern Somalia. "Terrorists," the university's press release calls them. [Extremist group] Al Shabaab seems to profit from the piracy business, engaging in some kind of weapons trade with the pirates, providing them "safe havens" and of course money.
DUBAI (Reuters) – The U.S. Navy and operators of a Saudi oil supertanker hijacked by Somali pirates could not confirm on Friday reports that the hijackers had demanded a $25 million ransom. "I've read the reports but I can't confirm anything independently on that," Lieutenant Nathan Christensen, a spokesman for the Bahrain-based U.S. Fifth Fleet, told Reuters. He said the U.S. Navy had no new information, but believed the vessel remained anchored off the Somali coast at Haradheere.
A spokesman for Vela International, the Dubai-based shipping arm of Saudi Aramco, said he had no new information and declined to comment on the reports. Vela operates the Sirius Star, which is owned by Saudi Aramco. The giant vessel with a capacity of two million barrels, or $100 million worth of oil, was seized by Somali pirates around a week ago.
French news agency AFP quoted a pirate on Thursday as saying they had demanded a $25 million ransom and set a 10-day deadline. Ahmed, an associate of the pirates who gave only one name, told Reuters on Thursday no ransom demand had yet been made. "There has been no demand for ransom so far. There are about 30 Somali pirates on board," he said.
Saudi Arabia's foreign minister said on Wednesday the ship's owners were negotiating over a possible ransom payment, but East African maritime officials could not confirm this. "We have no word on a ransom demand yet. It is very unclear," said Andrew Mwangura, coordinator of the East African Seafarers' Programme. The audacity of the attack underlined the extent of a crime wave that experts say has been fueled by the Islamist insurgency onshore and multi-million-dollar ransoms. Since seizing the Sirius Star, pirates have hijacked at least three other ships, maritime officials say.
Scores of attacks in Somali waters this year have driven up insurance costs for shipping firms and caused some to divert cargo away from the Suez Canal and around South Africa instead, pushing up prices for manufactured goods and commodities. The United Nations Security Council voted on Thursday to impose sanctions on anyone contributing to violence and instability in Somalia, in a bid to curb fighting in the chaotic Horn of Africa country.