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Spain Pays Somali Pirates $1.2M Ransom

From the terrorists’ mouthpiece, Al Jazeera:

Somali pirates free Spanish boat


A Spanish fishing boat seized by pirates off the Somali coast and held for six days has been freed after a $1.2m ransom was paid, a maritime official has said.

Spanish officials did not confirm that a ransom was paid before Saturday’s release, saying only that there had been negotiations.

However, Abdi Khalif Ahmed, chairman of Haradhere port local authority in central Somalia, said ransom was paid before the pirates released the ship.

“The ship is free and the pirates disappeared into their villages,” Ahmed said late on Saturday.

Andrew Mwangura of the Kenya chapter of the Seafarers Assistance Programme confirmed in a statement that a ransom was paid.

“The Spanish fishing boat Playa de Bakio has been released after a ransom of 1.2 million dollars was paid.”  

The boat was freed on Saturday and headed towards the Seychelles under the escort of a Spanish frigate. It is expected to dock at port Victoria on Tuesday.

The Spanish government sent a frigate, the Mendez Nunez, to the area from the Red Sea, and a surveillance plane to the French military base in neighbouring Djibouti to carry out reconnaissance.

Mwangura said the boat, which was captured on April 20, “suffered heavy damage caused by gun fire and looting during the piracy attack.” …

The 76-metre tuna fishing boat from Spain’s Basque region was captured on Sunday while it was fishing in international waters about 300km off the coast of Mogadishu, Somalia.

Pirates fired rocket-propelled grenades, boarded skipper Amadeo Alvarez Gomez’s boat and captured the crew of 13 Spaniards and 13 Africans from various countries…

More than 25 ships were seized by pirates in Somali coastal waters last year despite US navy patrols, according to the International Maritime Bureau.

Somehow one knew it would turn out to be America’s fault.

It certainly has nothing to do with “progressive” countries like Spain giving them huge rewards for their naughtiness.

Still, where is Thomas Jefferson when you need him?

By the way, aren’t these pirates of the Muslim persuasion? Is not piracy forbidden in that perfect guide to life — the Koran?

What a shock.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, April 27th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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