Litigation Jihad: Somali pirate suing Germany

AFP Eurobusiness News  H/T Mullah

* here’s a sneering article from Al Reuters, warning the Americans not to “militarize” the situation:  U.S. muscle won’t deter hardcore Somali pirates

* Somali pirate money aids Al Qaeda terrorists

* French Navy Nabs 11 Suspected Pirates During Raid

* Jihadist pirates: “rocket attack on US ship was revenge”

“The aim of this attack was totally different. We were not after a ransom.” From raiding to jihad.  From AFP, April 15


* A bullet to the head would have been a more economic way of disposal:

(BERLIN) – A Somali suspected pirate filed a lawsuit against GermanyTuesday for what he called his inhumane treatment since being handed over to Kenyan authorities, court documents said.

The German navy patrolling the Gulf of Aden captured the plaintiff, identified as Ali Mohamed A.D., last month when he allegedly tried to seize a freighter, the MV Courier.

He was transferred to Kenya along with eight other Somali suspects for prosecution in the port city of Mombasa under an EU agreement with the east African country.

The plaintiff’s lawyer Oliver Wallasch said his client was seeking 10,000 euros (13,300 dollars) from the German government before the Berlin regional court for damages incurred after his “unlawful” transfer to Kenya.

The lawsuit, targeted at the interior, defence, justice and foreign ministries, contends that Berlin must have been aware that a suspect would likely have no access to medical treatment, sanitary facilities or privacy in a Kenyan jail.

This “inhumane treatment” could expose him to “life-threatening illnesses” and possibly deprive him of a “proper legal defence”, Wallasch wrote in the court documents provided to AFP.

Ali Mohamed A.D. denies involvement in piracy in the lawsuit.

Meanwhile a second suspect, Mohamud Mohamed H., has filed an injunction with the Berlin administrative court aiming to force the German foreign ministry to cover the costs of a public defender in Kenya.

His lawyer Andreas Schulz said his trial was to begin in Mombasa on April 22 and he currently has no defence attorney there.

Wallasch said another three suspected pirates had hired German lawyers.

Kenya and the EU have signed an agreement to transfer to the country suspected Somali pirates who are detained as part of the bloc’s Atalanta anti-piracy naval mission off the Somali coast.

Following a surge in pirate attacks in 2008, which saw close to 50 ships being seized and millions of dollars paid in ransom money, naval powers upped their response.

The US navy on Sunday mounted a daring mission to save an American skipper leading to the death of three pirates and raising the stakes in the dangerous waters off the Horn of Africa.

4 thoughts on “Litigation Jihad: Somali pirate suing Germany”

  1. And perhaaps it might be a good idea if countries re-adopted the old practice of issuing Letters of Marque.

  2. The best possible solution to this case is to grab the lawyers who instituted to action, bung them into a sailboat and set it adrift off the coast of Somalia.

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