Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Long Arm Of The Law: FBI Snatches Alleged Pirate Inside Somalia

As the late President Ronald Reagan said as a warning to international terrorists and criminals some years ago, "You can run, but you can't hide."

Keith Johnson at The Wall Street Journal reports that FBI agents traveled to Africa to arrrest a suspected pirate. 

In a first for U.S. anti-piracy efforts, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents ventured into Somalia to arrest the man who allegedly oversaw ransom negotiations for four Americans held hostage and later killed by pirates.

Mohammad Shibin, 50 years old, was captured in a joint operation, led by the FBI and coordinated with Somali authorities.

U.S. agents had never before apprehended an alleged pirate on land, though it has prosecuted a number of Somali pirates caught attacking U.S. ships in the Arabian Sea. To date, counter-piracy efforts had been waged almost exclusively in millions of square miles of ocean off the Horn of Africa.

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