GUN Spain pays $1.2 million ransom to pirates

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  1. TL1000RSquid

    TL1000RSquid ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

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    Seems like easy money, Who wants to steal a boat and goto africa with me? Couple hundred bucks each should buy us the hardware we'd need. :dunno:


    http://edition.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/africa/04/27/pirates.spain.ap/index.html?iref=mpstoryview

    MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Somali pirates freed a Spanish fishing boat and its 26-member crew after a ransom of $1.2 million was paid, a Somali official said.

    Suspected pirates armed with rocket-propelled grenades had seized control of the tuna-fishing boat from Spain's Basque region last Sunday about 200 nautical miles off the coast of Somalia, a region where piracy has escalated recently.

    The pirates released the ship Saturday, authorities said.

    The crew was freed after Spanish authorities paid the ransom, Abdi Khalif Ahmed, chairman of the Haradhere local port authority in central Somalia, said late Saturday.

    "The ship is free and the pirates disappeared into their villages," he said.

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

    In Madrid, Spain's Deputy Prime Minister Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega said Saturday that the trawler, the 250-foot-long Playa de Bakio, was sailing home escorted by a Spanish frigate. She would not comment on any ransom.

    She said the 13 Spaniards and 13 Africans on board the Playa de Bakio were in good health.

    "The 26 crew are in perfect condition and we are communicating this to the boat's owners and the families," she said.

    De la Vega said the release had been achieved through negotiation in London between the Spanish government, the ship owners and representatives of the hijackers.

    Spain had sent its most modern frigate, the Mendez Nunez, to the region, and it was now escorting the Bakio, De la Vega said. It had been on maneuvers in the Red Sea when it was diverted to the Somali coast.

    "We are satisfied because the crew's safety has been preserved at all times," De la Vega said.

    She said the crew would be relieved from duty aboard the fishing vessel "in the shortest space of time possible," to allow them to fly back to Spain.

    "We have taken steps so that similar situations do not happen again," De la Vega said.

    The area off the horn of Africa has a serious problem with piracy.

    The seizure came days after French judges filed preliminary charges against six Somali pirates accused of holding 30 hostages aboard a French luxury yacht for a week.

    The crew of the yacht Le Ponant was freed April 11 off the coast of Somalia. The ship's owners reportedly paid a ransom to get the crew released.

    De la Vega said the government would be taking up the subject of maritime piracy at a European Commission meeting Tuesday.
     
  2. :rofl: at spain.
     
  3. PC Principle

    PC Principle New Member

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    Wow. All this will do is cause more people to become pirates. Way to give in. :ugh2:
     
  4. That's what spain does. Remember the madrid bombings?
     
  5. Sa7aN

    Sa7aN STEELERS FTW

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    surprised they havent just stationed a bunch of fast responce military ships around
     
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    Painkiller The Synarchy of Molten Bones

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    that summarizes europe.
     
  7. NEp8ntballer

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    predators could probably do the job for cheaper.
     
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    I always wanted to be a millionaire pirate
     
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    I call the fully automatic assault harpoon gun with the shoulder thing that goes up!
     
  10. kellyclan

    kellyclan She only loves you when she's drunk.

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    I dunno, I hate to risk painting them in a positive light, but France fucked some scurvy dogs up shortly after their private company paid for their release.
     
  11. terrist

    terrist Cowboy President > All other World Leaders

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    well there's your problem
     
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    I'd like to do that to some French ships. I could be king :bowdown:
     
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    kellyclan She only loves you when she's drunk.

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