It appears that the greatest danger to piracy is vanity. A notorious Somali pirate leader known as “Loud Mouth” has been captured by Belgian police in a creative sting operation. Mohammed Abdi Hassan was lured to the Brussels Airport in the belief that he was going to sign an agreement to make a movie on his life. He made an estimated fortune of hundreds of millions and recently announced that he was going to move from piracy to politics — a nature transition in any country. Somalia has long been criticized for protecting such pirates but it was vanity that led to his undergoing.
Hassan arrived from Kenya on a flight only to be met by police. Notably, a high-ranking Somali official was held at the same time — curious company for one of the most notorious pirates in the world. He could now face up to 30 years for piracy, and hostage taking.
A fitting end to the “Loud Mouth.”