Somali pirates call on Spain to release comrades

13th October 2009, Comments 0 comments

Their two comrades must be released before they would discuss the fate of the Spanish tuna trawler and its 36 crew members, say Somali pirates.

Mogadishu – Somali pirates holding a Spanish tuna trawler and its 36 crew members said Monday they would only negotiate after two of their comrades are released from Spanish custody.

The two Somali pirates arrived Monday in Spain where prosecutors want to try them for their role in the 2 October hijacking of the Alakrana fishing boat in the Indian Ocean.

The pair was captured by the Spanish navy after they left the Alakrana on a smaller boat.

"Our friends must be freed for us to begin discussing the fate of the boat and the hostages," one of the pirates, Abdi Mohamed, told AFP by telephone.

"We insist on the fact that they must first be freed in order for an agreement to be found without problems," he said from the pirate lair of Harardere where the tuna trawler is being held.

An elder in Harardere, Abdulahi Moalim Yussuf, said the pirates have been negotiating with the boat's owners for several days.

Another pirate, Ali Yare, said the crew was in good health and were being "treated humanely".

The crew members are from Spain, Ghana, Indonesia, Madagascar, Senegal and the Seychelles.

AFP / Expatica

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