» Backstory: Shibin was arrested last year after he, and three other Somali pirates, seized a German merchant ship and an American-owned yacht. All four U.S. citizens onboard the yacht were killed, and crew members from the German ship were tortured in an effort to increase the demanded ransom. While Shibin did not kill the Americans himself, and did not face murder/manslaughter charges, he was found guilty of 15 charges including piracy and kidnapping.
If my uncle gets 50 years (in prison), they will stay with me for 50 years. If they release him, I will release them. Tomorrow I will kidnap other nationalities and their embassies will be notified for the whole world to know.Kidnapper Jirmy Abu-Masuh • In a statement given to the Associated Press, explaining why he has abducted and threatened to kill 61-year-old pastor Michel Louis, 39-year-old Lisa Alphonse, and 28-year-old Haytham Ragab. Abu-Masuh forced the two Americans off a tour bus at gun point on Friday, and decided to kidnap Ragab as well to translate when necessary. While officials believe they will be able to negotiate a peaceful end to the situation, time may not be on their side. According to Louis’ son Jean, Michel has diabetes and could need medical attention very soon. “We’re in good spirits because we know the God that we serve is in control of the matter,” Jean Louis said in a press conference on the matter. source (via • follow)
These are real thugs. They’re really people who shoot first and ask questions later…there was so little organization and absolutely no command structure going on.Tyler Hicks, one of the reporters kidnapped by the Libyan military • Reflecting on the nature of his captors. Hicks and three others were held for six days by Gaddafi’s forces before being released. source (via • follow)
Look, there has been a lot of sadness in the news this weekend. The whole uplifting thing with golden-voiced Ted Williams seems like a long-ago memory, which is unfortunate. And now, more sadness. In Niger, two French men – a groom and a best man – were kidnapped before a wedding could take place. Antoine de Léocour, a 25-year-old aid worker, had planned to marry a local woman, but the two men were instead kidnapped by people reportedly part of al-Qaeda’s North African operation. A day later, they were found killed in the desert. French president Nicolas Sarkozy called the situation a ”cowardly and barbaric act.” Like we haven’t had many of those this weekend. Sigh. source