Somali pirates asking for too much money

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The pirates are demanding EUR 700,000 in ransom money, a price the Dutch shipping company is refusing to pay, says mediator.

4 June 2008

SOMALIA - A mediator for the Somali pirates who hijacked a Dutch-owned vessel off the Somalian coast says the pirates are demanding EUR 700,000 in ransom money.

He says however that the Dutch company Reider Shipping refuses to pay more than EUR 450,000.

The mediator says the crew of the freighter, four Russian officers and five Filipino sailors, are in good health.

The freighter Amiya Scan is currently at anchor off the port of Bargal in northern Somalia.

The UN Security Council adopted a resolution on piracy on Monday, authorising some countries to carry out anti-piracy actions in Somalian waters.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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