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Thursday, 26 April 2012 - 7:58
Fishermen freed from Somali pirates to return today.
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The Fisheries Department states that the 6 Sri Lankan fishermen who were released recently from Somali pirate captivity will return to the island today.

Planning Director of the department Sarath Lal De Silva speaking to our news team stated that measures have been taken to fly them to Sri Lanka this morning.

The fishermen who went to sea on board the “Nimesha Duwa” vessel last September were kidnapped by Somali pirates.

The pirates demanded a ransom of 680 million rupees to free these fishermen.

However, the fishermen were freed by the Spanish Navy near the coast of Tanzania recently.

The fishermen were then taken to Tanzania and will return to the island today.

We spoke to Planning Director of the Fisheries Department Sarath Lal De Silva to find out more details.

However, the relatives of the fishermen accused the Ministry of Fisheries recently of not acting accordingly.

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