GEORGETOWN, Guyana — A notorious pirate leader known as Sinbad has been charged with organizing a bloody attack in the Caribbean that left more than a dozen fisherman dead or missing.
Premnauth Persaud — a much-feared pirate who goes by the name of Sinbad — was arrested last week in Guyana and has been pegged as the mastermind behind the late April attack on a fleet of small fishing boats off the coast of neighboring Suriname.
Of the 25 sailors aboard, only nine are believed to have survived. Four bodies have been recovered and a dozen more are missing, police say.
According to survivors, the pirates boarded the ships and began hacking away at crew members with cutlasses. Others were thrown overboard and then hit on the head with oars Some victims had weights strapped to their legs before being thrown into the water, the Guyana Chronicle reported.
Earlier this week, Persaud, 43, and fellow pirate, Nakool “Fyah” Manohar, 39, were charged with the murder of two of the sailors slain in the cross-border raid. A third man, 19-year-old Alexander Denhart, has also been charged for taking part in the attack.
Investigators have said they believe the attack was launched in revenge for the drive-by shooting of Manohar’s brother — who was also a pirate leader — in Suriname in March.
In all, cops believe eight or ten pirates took part in the attack, in which they also stole fuel, fish and equipment.
Detectives say Manohar and his family began plotting the raid on the day of his brother’s funeral. Several of Manohar’s relatives, including his son, have already been arrested in Suriname. Cops are hunting for other well-known pirates who go by the names, “Dick,” “Bolo,” and “Crackhead.”
Piracy has long been an issue in the waters off Suriname and Guyana, although the number of incidents reported had been in decline in recent years.