Sunday, 08 June 2014 - 7:55
2 Sri lankan fishermen held hostage by Somali Pirates released.
Eleven crew members, including 3 Sri Lankan nationals, on a ship hijacked by Somali pirates nearly four years ago were finally released yesterday, brining to an end the longest-running Somali piracy case.
The crew of the MV Albedo were facing their first hours of freedom after three years and seven months as hostages, during which their pirate captors often used torture.
Early on in the hijacking, one crewmen was shot dead by the pirates in an apparent fit of anger after negotiations with the ship’s owners broke down.
Then last summer, the vessel sank in a storm, resulting in five of the crew drowning along with five of the pirates as they abandoned ship.
The 11 seamen released yesterday were then transferred to a ramshackle house near the Somali port of Hobyo, a notorious pirate haven, where they have been held ever since.
They were expected to be flown to the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.