Those who were looking forward to Pirates of the Caribbean 5: Actually This Time We’re In Somalia may be disappointed as the proposed film was simply a hoax used to arrest Mohamed Abdi Hassan, better known by his nickname, “Afweyne.”
According to Yahoo! News, “A UN report has described him as one of the lynch-pins in the piracy business which made a fortune attacking dozens of merchant vessels between 2008 and 2013.” Notably, he is believed to have masterminded the hijacking of Pompei, wherein nine crew members were captured and held until a authorities dropped a ransom via parachute.
Afweyne, which roughly translates to the hilariously non-threatening nickname “Big Mouth,” was apprehended by Belgian officials who’d presumably just watched the movie Argo. The Somali leader now faces charges of kidnapping, organized crime and piracy. Ironically, if Big Mouth had just kept his big mouth shut about his pirate operations, he may have never ended up in custody.
UN officials describe Big Mouth as “one of the most notorious and influential leaders” of piracy. Poor old Blackbeard must be hitting the rum pretty hard right now, watching his legacy succumb to a guy who shares a nickname with thousands of annoying fourth grade girls.
Afweyne had recently announced that he’d be quitting piracy after a successful career. Apparently, his transition into the movie business isn’t quite panning out for him. Who’d pay for a documentary about a pirate anyway? Especially when you could just steal it online like a… well… you know.