The Government of Puntland strongly rejects recent false media reports concerning offer of amnesty to pirate kingpin, Isse Mohamoud Yusuf (Isse Yuluh). There is no truth to the false reports published by Somali news websites.
Furthermore the Puntland government will not negotiate with pirates or criminals.
The Government of Puntland respects and values the independence and work of the media guaranteed by the Puntland Constitution.
The Government respects all opinions and support the right of free expression and encourages media organizations and Journalists to maintain the integrity of their profession by adhering to journalistic ethics and professionalism.
Media publications and journalists have the onus of substantiating their reports.
The Government of Puntland will continue to aggressively fight piracy and insecurity on the high seas and on-land.
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Maritime Security News Note:
An interesting development in the case of Isse Yuluh’s “amnesty”, then. Was he really offered amnesty, as the news reports stated? The suggestion that talks had been ongoing between Yuluh and Puntland officials for over a month lend the story credence, and one wonders if elements of the Puntland government were acting on their own and, following the publicity the amnesty offer generated, have now pulled the plug. Or had it pulled for them. Or was Yuluh trying to paint the government into a corner with his radio appearance in the hopes that they would back him and actually offer amnesty?
As with so many elements of Somali and Puntland politics, we’ll probably never know the truth. What is true, however is that over the years, many pirates have been able to escape justice in the region thanks to clan ties and local officials. Yuluh’s record as a pirate would mark him out as someone the international community would very much like to see standing behind a court dock somewhere, rather than cosied up to the current administration, which may have quite a lot to do with things as well…