"The fishermen, when they lose their fish, they think" - A., a Somali in Germany.
Since November 2010, ten Somali citizens are on trial for Piracy in Hamburg, Germany. This blog is about the trial and the background on why fishermen are forced to change their profession.
One of the accused in
the Hamburg 'Piracy Trial' tells the story of how his child was
kidnapped when he couldn't pay his debt. The booklet is a fundraiser
to free his child. It is illustrated, hand-coloured and the 500
copies are individually numbered.
Today, a further witness from the German federal police was heard. L. works at Frankfurt airport and he participated in the conversation with the Indian journalist R., who had interviewed the crew of the dhow Hudhud. The officer's statement was supposed to resolve discrepancies between R's recollection of the conversation and the notes taken by the other officer, B.
L. stated that he was asked by B. to accompany him to the TV station, but that he had no idea what it was about. His area of responsibilities were kidnappings. Why he - 'the driver', as he was called by one lawyer - ended up signing the file notes remained a mystery.