Top Somali pirate commander quits

Horseed Media, which styles itself The Free Voice of Somalia, brings us news that a top Somali pirate commander has announced that he has renounced piracy after a massive fall in profits gained from the illicit profession.

The pirate leader, Isse Yuluh, from Puntland’s Bari region, said that he has decided to leave the job after eight years in which he generated millions of dollars in ransom from kidnapped ships. He asked the regional administration and international community to forgive him.

It is quite possible that the regional authorities will indeed forgive him, especially if he distributes a little of his illicit millions locally. But I doubt the international community will. Either way, this is a real result of more ships carrying armed guards. It would be nice to read more stories like this, and nicer still if you could believe them.

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