Former Pirate Kingpin Leading Anti-Piracy Gang Full of Ex-Pirates

Mohamed Abdi Hassan (aka Afweyne), the ex-Somali pirate Kingpin once referred to by the United Nations as "one of the most notorious and influential leaders" in the Somali pirate business, is leading a charge that could potentially put an end to Somali piracy... at least according to Somali media reports. According to, a group of former pirates in central … [Read more...]

Pirate Kingpin’s Retirement Announcement Press Conference [VIDEO]

Is this guy kidding me with this press conference? Earlier this week we posted about a pirate "Kingpin" named Mohamed Abdi Hassan, aka ‘Afweyne’ (translated 'Big Mouth’), who announced his official retirement from the Somali piracy business during a recent press conference held in Somalia. Anyway, when I heard that he held a press conference, for some … [Read more...]

Good Riddance: Somali Pirate “Kingpin” Retires

Mohamed Abdi Hassan, aka 'Afweyne' or 'Big Mouth', the notorious Somali pirate kingpin reportedly behind some of the regions most high-profile hijackings, has announced his retirement. According to a report today by the AFP, Hassan has effectively retired as a Somali pirate kingpin after 8 successful years in the business. "After being in piracy for eight years, I have … [Read more...]