Pirates payoff: Somali govt impounds planes with cash

Somali pirates frequently collect multimillion ransoms which are delivered in containers attached to a parachute that are pushed off the back of a plane.

Nairobi: A Somali lawmaker said that
authorities have impounded two planes in the Somali capital
carrying millions of dollars in cash.

Asha Abdalla said that the planes were impounded on Tuesday
because of fears of money laundering.

A Somali official says the planes are used by
companies that frequently deliver ransoms to pirates and that
they have the necessary documentation to allow them to travel
through Somali airspace.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because
he is not allowed to speak to the press.

Somali pirates frequently collect multimillion ransoms
which are delivered in containers attached to a parachute that
are pushed off the back of a plane. Decades of conflict in
Somalia has allowed piracy to flourish off its coast.

PTI