The Seoul Shinmun reports that the five Somali pirates being detaining in Busan slept cleaned their dinner plates and slept very well their first night in Korea.
According to Busan maritime police, the pirates were provided a meal of rice, kimchi fried rice, doenjang soup, fried egg and japchae. The police said they cleaned their plates, and slept very, very well at night.
In the morning, the pirates were given a breakfast of rice, dongtaetguk, fried egg, kimchi and tofu. Once again, they cleaned their plates.
Asked in English about Korean food, one of the pirates responded with “good, good,” said the police.
Screw Egypt — the really gripping news is happening in Busan.
A police official said the pirates spent their first night in Korea without expressions of fear or nervousness, and that while their crime was serious, they would do their best to protect them while in the tank given the special circumstances, namely, that they are “foreign pirates.”
The Seoul Shinmun also reports that a British interpreter is being brought in for the pirates’ trial.
A government official said the Foreign Ministry has been looking for an interpreter fluent in Somali and English, and they think they can get one in the UK, where Korea’s ambassador for international cooperation on terrorism visited last week and asked for help finding an interpreter.
Two Somalis in Korea on refugee visas have been participating in the investigation, with the interpretation going from Somali to English to Korean.
The trial will need more precise interpretation, including legal terminology, so the government believes it needs another Somali translator.
Oh, and in more pirate news, one of the pirates who testified that he shot the captain of the Samho Jewelry is now denying it.
Oh, and you’ll be happy to know that Mohamed Rage, minister for maritime transport, ports and counter-piracy at Puntland, Somalia, approves of Korea’s recent actions:
Said Mohamed Rage, minister for maritime transport, ports and counter-piracy at Puntland, Somalia, praised Korea’s counteraction toward the outlaws. “The strong action against pirate criminals by the navies of South Korea and Malaysia on Jan. 21 is a clear indication of resolve on the part of the international community,” he said in a press release, adding that there are more than 280 pirates detained at the state government cell.
Keep up the good work there, Minister Rage.