Hollywood-style Sting Nabs Alleged Pirate Kingpin

The Pompei’s crew was released after 10 weeks in captivity when the ship’s owner paid a reported $3 million ransom. Belgium caught two pirates involved in the hijacking, convicted them and sentenced them to nine and 10 years in prison. But prosecutors still wanted the ringleaders. “Too often, these people remain beyond reach while they let others do the dirty work,” Delmulle told reporters. Malaysian authorities almost captured the reclusive Adbi Hassan in April 2012, but a document from the Somali transitional government let him slip back home, according to a U.N. report last year that called him “one of the most notorious and influential” leaders of a piracy ring that has netted millions in ransom. So Belgian authorities decided to go undercover to get him, because they knew he traveled very little and that an international arrest warrant would produce no results in unstable Somalia. They approached an accomplice known as Tiiceey, dangling a fake job as an adviser to a fake movie about piracy, Delmulle said. The two men took the bait. Tiiceey was also arrested Saturday. The prosecutor refused to divulge any more details of the sting. The two Somalis were to appear in court Tuesday in Brugge. SHARE 60 CONNECT 28 TWEET 2 COMMENTEMAILMORE Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

Hollywood director Michael Bay attacked on Hong Kong set of latest ‘Transformers’ movie

A dog chases a mock intruder during a function to celebrate the 29th Raising Day of the Indian National Security Guard (NSG) in Manesar, about 60 km (38 miles) south of New Delhi, October 16, 2013. The NSG is a federal contingency force established in 1984 and a quick reaction elite force for neutralizing militants, hijackers and kidnappers in situations which are beyond the capability of local forces to handle. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee (INDIA - Tags: MILITARY ANNIVERSARY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

commentPeriod:14! commentEndDate:10/31/13 11:40 EDT! currentDate:10/16/13 8:0 EDT! allowComments:true! displayComments:true! Hollywood director Michael Bay attacked on Hong Kong set of latest Transformers movie ( Associated Press ) – American film director Michael Bay, left, assists the cameraman as they are filming their latest film Transformers Four in Hong Kong Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013. Two men have been arrested after the American film director, Michael Bay, was allegedly assaulted in Quarry Bay while working on his latest film, Transformers Four as the two men demanding money from the film crew. CAPTION By Associated Press, HONG KONG Hollywood director Michael Bay was attacked and slightly injured Thursday on the set of the fourth installment of the Transformers movie series currently filming in Hong Kong, police said. A Hong Kong police spokeswoman said two brothers surnamed Mak who own a shop near the film set approached Bay and demanded 100,000 Hong Kong dollars ($13,000). Looking for things to do? Select one or more criteria to search Kid-friendly Get ideas When Bay refused to pay, they assaulted him, she said.

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