Ransom paid for German-owned tanker

December 31, 2010

The Somali Muslim pirates are $5.5 million richer now, thanks to a ransom paid by an undisclosed source.  But it is telling that the German government announced an urgent conference with shipping executives immediately after the ransom was paid.

Remember, Islamic law permits Muslims to demand fida’ (ransom) of infidels (Koran 47:4) “until the war [against infidels] hath laid down its burdens.”  And every time a European government or even an insurance company pays fida’, they’re inflating the ransom market and enriching the Islamists.  From the BBC on Dec. 28:

Somali pirates have freed a German-owned chemical tanker, reportedly after a $5.5m (£3.6m) ransom was paid.

The Marida Marguerite, with a crew of 19 Indians, two Bangladeshis and one Ukrainian, was seized in May by pirates armed with rocket-propelled grenades.

Kenya-based officials said a ransom was paid, but there was no independent confirmation.

Pirates now hold 25 vessels and 587 hostages after they seized another German-owned ship on Monday…

One Tuesday afternoon, the Marida Marguerite was sailing to safe waters, according to Andrew Mwangura, head of the Kenya-based East African Seafarers’ Assistance Programme.

He said $5.5m was paid to release the ship. The vessel’s owners have not yet commented.

Officials and companies rarely comment on the payment of ransoms, though analysts say such deals are widespread.

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