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.
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.