Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) says pirates are canada

Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) says pirates are canada

Piracy ransom cash ends up with Somali militants

officials told Reuters. canada goose clearance sale special envoy to Somalia and head of the envoy Canada Goose Online counter piracy unit, canada goose uk outlet said links between armed pirate gangs and Somalia al Qaeda affiliated rebels were gradually firming.

payment of ransoms just like any cheap canada goose uk other funding activity, illegal or otherwise, is technically in breach of the Somalia sanctions regime if it makes the security situation in Somalia worse, said Steed.

if it is ending up in the hands of terrorists or militia leaders and we believe it Canada Goose Jackets is, some directly, some more indirectly, said Steed, a retired Canada Goose online military officer.

Ransom demands have risen steadily in recent years. According to one study, the average ransom stood at $5.4 million in 2010, up canada goose from $150,000 in 2005, helping Somali pirates rake in nearly $240 million last year.

Steed acknowledged canada goose clearance he had no proof of an operational relationship between the pirates and the al Qaeda linked al Shabaab rebels who control much of southern Canada Goose Outlet and central Somalia and parts of the capital Mogadishu.

Some political analysts said the policy of some Western governments to endorse the payment of ransoms, seen as fuelling the insecurity, is at odds with their financial support for the Somali government and the African troops propping it up.

Under the terms of the arms embargo on Somalia, financial support to armed groups in the canada goose uk black friday Horn of Africa country is banned. Both the United States and Britain regard al Shabaab as a terrorist organisation. Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) says pirates are canada goose coats on sale increasingly launching canada goose factory sale their cross ocean canada goose black friday sale raids from the al Shabaab controlled southern coastal city of canada goose uk shop Kismayu. Recruitment for pirates from the region canada goose coats was also on the rise, it said.

pirates Canada Goose Coats On Sale tell us that some level of cooperation with al Shabaab uk canada goose is necessary to run a criminal enterprise, said Alan Cole, piracy programme coordinator at UNODC.

Al Shabaab sources agree.

there was no Canada Goose sale relationship between us, there is no way the pirates would be able to operate, or carry their weapons within zones canada goose store we control, said canadian goose jacket an al Shabaab militant based in the pirate haven of Haradhere, north of Mogadishu.

BIGGEST GAMES IN TOWN Natznet Tesfay of Executive Analysis said al Shabaab was heavily involved Canada Goose Parka in smuggling through Kismayu, slapping taxes uk canada goose outlet on illegal charcoal exports to the Gulf, arms shipments from Yemen and electronic goods destined for the region.

and contraband smuggling are the two biggest games around, said Tesfay at the specialist intelligence company.

Tesfay said she had yet to see evidence of an relationship between the pirates and al Shabaab but that the militants had a reputation for monopolising key income earning sectors once they had taken control of canada goose outlet an area.

In February al buy canada goose jacket cheap Shabaab seized a number of cheap Canada Goose pirate gang leaders in Haradhere and forced them to accept a multi million dollar deal under which the pirates would hand over 20 percent of future ransoms.

A Reuters investigation found the following payments had been made to al Shabaab office

On Feb. 25: $200,000 from the release of the Japanese owned MV Izumi after pirates received a $4.5 million ransom.

On March 8: $80,000 from the $2 million release of the St Vincent Grenadines flagged MV Rak Africana.

On March 9: $100,000 after the Singapore flagged MV York was freed for $4.5 million.

On April 13: $600,000 from the release of the German ship Beluga Nomination after a $5.5 million ransom was paid.

On April 15: A $66,000 share of the buy canada goose jacket $3.6 million ransom handed over for the Panama flagged MV Asphalt Venture.

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