Here’s the What The Fuck? story of the month for you.
On March 11, the German Navy frigate FGS Rheinland-Pfalz caught eight Somali pirates in the act of trying to hijack a freighter well out in international waters in the Gulf of Aden. The pirates were arrested by the Germans, and put in detention on the frigate for transport to Kenya.
While they were on the Rheinland-Pfalz, they were dressed by the German navy, they received special food in line with their Muslim dietary restrictions, they had a private head that was regularly cleaned for them by the German sailors, and they were afforded regular prayer times, in which the frigate’s 1MC announcement system was not used. The Germans delivered the pirates to Kenya, and turned them over to local authorities for prosecution.
Now one of the pirates is suing the German government for damages. Apparently, he’s not happy about having been put in a Kenyan jail, where there’s no halal food, and where they have to piss in buckets on the floor. His Frankfurt-based lawyer is claiming $10,000 in damages caused by the actions of the German navy. The pirate claims through his lawyer that the Germans stopped two identical boats after the incident–one that was full of pirates (which the Germans let go), and another one with the claimant on board, which had been on the way to Yemen on totally non-piracy related business.
That takes chutzpah to a whole new level, doesn’t it?