Somali Pirates Will Donate Booty to Haiti

US, Europe 'have no moral authority' to control aid

By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 29, 2010 7:14 PM CST

(Newser) – Saying the US and Europe “have no moral authority” to control the aid going to Haiti, Somali pirates say they plan to donate booty from their hijackings to the relief effort. The pirates have taken in more than $150 million in the past 2 years, by one estimate, and now aim to redistribute some while thumbing their noses at the Western powers. “They are the ones pirating mankind for many years,” a spokespirate tells Agencia Matriz del Sur.

Armed pirates and their hostages are seen aboard a French yacht off the coast of Somalia in this 2009 photo.
Armed pirates and their hostages are seen aboard a French yacht off the coast of Somalia in this 2009 photo.   (AP Photo)
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