A Somali Islamist has called on the country"s ?crazy pirates? to release Sirius Star at once.
A leading Somali Islamist has called on the country"s ?crazy pirates? to release at once Saudi-owned very large crude carrier Sirius Star and all of the other 14 or so vessels being held.
Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys told: ?We are calling for the immediate release of all international vessels under the command of Somali pirates, who are undermining international peace and trade.?
Mr Aweys, who heads the Alliance for the Re-Liberation of Somalia umbrella opposition group, pointed out that piracy was virtually eliminated during the six months in 2006 when his earlier faction, the Union of Islamic Courts, ruled most of southern and central Somalia.
The world rejected to give us the opportunity to rule Somalia
?We are the only force that could eliminate piracy in the Somalia waters but the world rejected to give us the opportunity to rule Somalia, despite the will of the vast majority of the people of Somalia.
?If we are given the opportunity to fight piracy and general lawlessness we can do that comfortably. Piracy is part of lawlessness and during our months of Islamic leadership pirates were underground.?