"For the first time in his life he has access to a real toilet. For the first time in his life he is in a safe environment."

Somali MUSLIM pirates find real happiness at last…IN A DUTCH PRISON CELL!

A Somali on trial for piracy is looking forward to a prolonged stay in the Netherlands, his lawyer says. Five alleged pirates are being tried in Rotterdam starting Monday.

 

No, Willem-Jan Ausma has never had to defend a client quite like this: one who is quite happy being in prison, and is almost looking forward to being found guilty and sentenced. Sure, 24-year-old Yusuf hasn’t seen his family in more than four months. “But he intends to send for his wife and children as soon as he is released from prison. He knows he cannot easily be sent back to Somalia. He loves it here in the Netherlands.”

None of the defendants deny that they are pirates. “I’ll be honest: it was our intention to hijack a ship,” Yusuf said during his first interrogation. They readily admit to having been heavily armed with kalashnikovs and an anti-tank missile. But they claim they abandonned any idea of hijacking a ship after the engine on their boat died, and that the crew of the Samanyolu attacked them first.

Ever since the central government in Somalia collapsed following the fall of dictator Siad Barre in 1991, European and Asian trawlers have stepped into the void to fish at will for squid, crab and tuna in the Indian Ocean. “It is an emotional issue for us. They took away our living,” said Yusuf. After this remark, the investigator noted: “Suspect briefly starts crying.”

Lawyer Ausma is taking a differrent approach. “The facts speak for themselves,” he says. “There is no use denying what happened.” Instead, he is aiming for a reduced sentence by appealing to the court’s sympathy for what he says was “an act of despair.”  (UNBELIEVABLE! And the Dhimmi Dutch buy into this)

NRC HANDELSBLAD

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